Jim Rohn says, “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” Getting a head start in life by attending a college is good but as the great writer Thoreau said that the masses ‘lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.’
The Seventh Pillar of Success: Be a Lifelong Learner
When I practiced as a CPA and served mostly very successful small business owners it amazed me that most of them only had high school educations. They were all very smart self-educated people. Self-education is what you learn along the way so that you are constantly improving and growing.
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health.
Leaning is the beginning of spirituality. The miracle of self-education is in the searching and yearning to learn more. Jim Rohn says, “The first is to read books. The second is to learn from successful people by observation. And the third is to constantly reflect on your own experiences and learn what went right and what went wrong.”
I kept a “Hero” journal since college. I wanted to learn how each of them achieved the success in their life that I wanted in mine. They were all self-educated. Some had advanced degrees but each of them learned more after college than they ever learned while in college.
Here is a list of suggested books to read:
Follow all earlier pillars:
First Pillar of Success; Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job or Business.
Second Pillar of Success: Total Well-Being
The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships
The Fourth Pillar of Success: Written Goals
The Fifth Pillar of Success: The Proper Use of Time
The Sixth Pillar of Success: Surround Yourself with the Best People