I come from a Black, single parent, working class background. Some would say the cards were stacked against me. While this may have been true, my mother and grandmother equipped me with an equalizer—an understanding and love of education. In the 19th century Horace Mann called education the “great equalizer of the conditions of men.” We hear this statement, and apply it to our school years, but what about after we graduate?
One of the biggest mistakes I watch others make when it comes to learning is assuming that all of their key learning takes place during their High School and College years. A large part of our society has fallen into this way of thinking, which has slowed their intellectual growth in their adult years.
Think about it for a moment, how fast is the world changing? Just look at the skills needed in the workplace now compared to the early 2000s. The world is constantly changing and we should be growing in order to adapt and pursue living the best life that we possibly can. We learn some very important information in school, but we don’t learn everything. There’s always more to learn.
While it’s beneficial to pursue higher education here are a few popular subjects that you could study on your own by learning from experts in the field or reading/researching on your own.
– Any subject you learned in school that you are interested in learning more about.
– Politics (not political science but actual applied politics)
– Social media marketing
– Self Mastery
– Public speaking
– project management
– program management
– graphic design
– Whatever field you come across that interest you
The world is your classroom. Use all of the resources you have and continue to grow and prosper.