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Education is a great investment.

Monday, September 24, 2018


I’m going to start this week with a couple of quotes, followed by the results of a research project that make a powerful point.

Somebody older and much wiser than me once told me that “The best investment you can ever make is in education.”

Another person, whom I didn’t take a lot of notice of at the time, said “The main point of formal education is to learn to learn”.

Finally, the results of a recent study:- “6 months after spending a relatively large amount of money (several thousands of dollars) on either a new 'gadget' or an ‘experience’ (holiday, education, activity) the people who invested in the experience reported much higher levels of long term satisfaction”.
Remember, the people who bought the gadgets still had the goods, while the ones who’d invested in the “experience” had nothing material to show for it. But they were happier with their investment.

Why? Because they had grown in skill, confidence, experience. As a result, they were empowered, having learned - or reaffirmed - that the more you do, the more you can do.

And that knowledge improves “quality of life” a whole lot more than material things.

At this point in the discussion let’s consider that education isn’t necessarily about going to school or doing a course, it can include practically any situation where you challenge yourself - travelling to new places, interacting with different people, broadening your horizons. DOING things that involve active engagement, new mindsets and/or some kind of change.

This week, do something educational. Learn something new. It can be as simple as opening a dictionary and looking up a new word, through to embarking on a university degree. It can be as quick as Googling information about a place you’d like to visit, right through to learning the language, planning and going on the trip.

Education isn’t just about facts and figures, it’s about ability and confidence. The knowledge that we can learn, grow, and take control of our lives.

A couple of education themed proverbs to end with.

First for the pupil. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”

The second for the teacher. “When you teach, you learn”

Finally, for all of us. “Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand”

Have an interesting week.