When am I going to use this?
It’s the number one question I heard as a student, as a speaker, and as a teacher.
School doesn’t teach the skills you need to be successful, it teaches the skills needed to a compliant worker.
Sit for 8 hours, follow the formula, fill in the bubble, submit your application, wait for someone to pick you.
School was built on the industrial model, a powerfully effective engine that pumps out workers. It works incredibly well.
Until we change this, you are responsible for your education.
“I’ve never let my schooling interfere with my education” — Grant Allen
You’re responsible for figuring out what skills are valuable in the context of what you do for a living (or what you wish you were doing for a living).
It’s up to you to answer the question: When am I going to use this?
2 Minute Action:
What’s a skill you need to learn but didn’t in school?
What’s a skill you learned in school and need to unlearn?
Can you sign up for a course? Join a facebook group to ask questions? Go to a local meetup of like-minded people?
These actions can take 2 minutes to execute, but can massively alter your trajectory.
“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler