Many of us, especially the old timers consider education as a fall back… but was it right? Today, let me tell you the reason why “education” is not a good “fall back” plan at all…
Operation: Fall Back Plan (FBP)
Most families in any country believe that education is the way to success, and they are somewhat correct – but the thing is, do we actually recognize that education itself is actually a tool rather than the way? We often think that a good education will make our lives better and will let us live comfortable lives; but I also saw people – educated and reputable people – get in so much debt and liabilities that they even have to borrow money or live destitute lives. Of course, this is not often the case… but the point is, do we really utilize our education as tool to succeed, rather than a “fall back plan” in case of emergency poverty?
Yes, you read that right… “emergency poverty” is what I call it, because this type of poverty often happen when there’s an emergency… PLUS, it is often the reason why the elderly and the naive often think that education is a fall back plan in case a current business or career venture fails. This is not only wrong, but is also a cause of much further poverty… Because what they think as a fall back plan, was actually just a plan to have “a job” later because there is education.
For example; when a person has to do another career say “acting” or “performing”… often there are people that tell these potential artists that education (on other fields) is a good fall back plan in case their career as an artist probably fail… however, if one would think straight, why would a person – who has the skills and talents to become an artist – will study other fields just to be profitable or successful? Would it make more sense to study for a different field, if you have something to “specialize” – unless, of course you wanted to be a polymath, which makes things a little more… interesting.
So when a person then experienced difficulty pursuing his career in whichever field he’s talented with – he then choose to do something else; after all, having a fall back plan is a tempting opportunity to earn. But then, he gets stuck on something that he hates, loathing it for its incompatibility with his passion… later, he would start to think that “learning” other fields which is not in tune with his talents will be nothing more than just a waste of time – at this point, education is not a good fall back plan. As matter of fact, it might also do the opposite of success – it might make the person achieving mastery to be complacent.
We thought that learning more is good? and having a safety net is preferable?
There’s nothing bad about learning more nor about having a safe plan – just don’t make such steps to be a hindrance on something that you wish or hope to do. Because when you try to learn something that is not in conformity with your passion – regardless if they are profitable or not – then it will not make any sense nor do any contribution for your success in career or even in business. As for Business, when you try to do a business venture but is thinking “you have education” to have a job later in case the business fails – then all you’ll feel is the complacency that regardless whether your business goes downhill, then you won’t care because you have education. The problem is, often education is used to get a job – so, if you turn back again to be an employee when you have started to become an entrepreneur… then all that will be left is an “unfinished” business venture – because you won’t care for something that does not provide any comfort nor immediate result.
In the end, a person who thinks that education is a good fall back plan is actually planning to work only to achieve compensation for failed attempts in life, career, or business… This is not a good winning attitude – it only fosters failure rather than facing problems head on. It’s just an escape route…
Here’s a winning plan instead – establish a business or career based on what you like… then, study education based on that particular field. Later, make that “field” get connected with other fields to ensure marketability and profitability – make the people be part of it, and you have yourself a network of safety in career or business rather than just having “a job”.
Jay “Prof” Penn
*** My upcoming ebook is about to be released Titled “Striped Many” – It’s about how to become a modern day polymath and the ways in order to achieve financial success by being one. Coming Soon!**