Why You Should Always Keep Learning - Aug 27, 2014 BY 'VIN

New set of short term goals

Students across the nation and overseas are preparing to or already have started the new school year. Whether you are a high school student, college student or someone entering the workforce, it is important to know to know the standards you want to set for yourself as well and what exactly do you want to accomplish this coming year.

  • "He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger" - Confucius

  • Learning Never Ends

    Outside the usual school / work hours, what are you doing to get ahead? Maybe you are not the smartest or the most athletic but what makes you the best of who you are? In my first Blog Entry - MK#0012K13, I touched up on the idea of reaching into your inner genuis. The most successful people in our world today were not born geniuses. The skills they currently possess in their arsenal were learned and practiced over time. What do you love and what do you know that can help you in the future to differentiate yourself? It is good to not overwork yourself and know ways to recharge. But it is worthy to note the mentality of never settling, dedicating enough time to studying and always asking the right questions to understanding the ideas of your daily subjects and routines. A recent study of the average leader in Fortune 500 companies found that they spend around 30 minutes a day strictly on personal developement. There is only so much you can complete in a day with the 24 hours we have, but if these busy influencial leaders can dedicate some learning time outside their work life, then it stands to reason that you can also create a routine to learning something new everyday.

  • "Learning never exhausts the mind" - Leonardo da Vinci

  • Cost of education then and now

    “In 1970, a University of Utah student spent about $390 a year on tuition” and now the students of this generation now have cost of a College Degree here in U.S. over 10 fold since then. According to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 school year was $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,203 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.”

    But it’s actually an interesting catch 22, back then there was no such thing as online learning, databases, tutorials or search engines where you can do research and get immediate help. Before the big internet boom in the 90s, you had to go through encyclopedias or go to the library to get further information. Some may say that college is overated, with there being more college students now compared to other timelines in history and even though that may be so, these students are graduating with a significant amount of financial debt such as student loans for example. Along with external factors of how the global economy is, how the workforce will operate in the coming years, to the skills and assets that will be in demand in the future... How effective will a degree be compared to experience or skills obtained outside formal eduation like internships or volunteer work? If you decide to stick to the traditional way of higher learning and want to pursue a degree, make sure you do your research on all the available scholarships, grants and resources you can obtain before reaching the conclusion of applying for a student loan. If a student loan is one of the options you are considering, make sure it is your absolute last option.

  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Work Hard, Play Hard. Great Risk, Great Reward and Opportunity.

    When you look at some of the richest people in the world today, the truth is that a significant amount of them didn’t complete college. Some knew what they wanted to do, some developed the smart habits and routines that led them to success, and successful entrepreneurs today simply created a business from passion or created a solution to a current problem in society today. It is not difficult to create a strategic routine to learning something new every day. Use all the resources available to you so you can keep your mind fresh. Read everyday, explore a new hobby or idea, and always stay motivated.

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