Education is your key to success and advancement in every area of
life. However, it is NOT defined by academic qualifications. In
fact, all too often, these can form an excellent contrary
indicator! Whilst academic qualifications do undoubtedly smooth
the way in many career areas, they are by no means a guarantee of
The real education you need is the ongoing self-learning that
will help you match your capacities to your chosen goals in life.
In this fast-paced transient society, if you are not continually
learning and moving forward, you are really moving backward. The
sum total of human knowledge is now doubling every few years. If
you are not significantly improving on your skills, then you have
only yourself to blame when opportunity and good fortune pass you
It is said that good luck is when opportunity meets preparation.
If you haven’t prepared, you will be unable to take advantage of
whatever opportunities may arise. Thus, your luck will remain
perpetually poor, and you will continually wonder why.
The self-made wealthy and successful of society continually
invest in the process of self-education in almost religious
fashion. They buy and read books and have well-stocked libraries.
They regularly attend seminars given by experts in their chosen
field of study. Successful people are continually looking for
ways to expand their knowledge and understanding.
By contrast, the vast majority of the population are completely
different. They hardly read books at all; preferring instead
magazines and newspapers. If they do read a book, it is the
latest pulp fiction bestseller. In fact, only 10-15% of the
population buy ALL the books! Do you realize the implication? It
means that 85% of the population don’t read books at all!
These people never go to seminars either (unless their companies
pay of course), and they never buy courses to develop themselves
in any way. They say they can’t afford it, or what use will it do
anyway? Interestingly, they can afford their cigarettes, alcohol,
CDs, and home video rentals. They can often afford one, or even
two, holidays a year, and a whole range of other luxuries.
However, you will never get them to part with a few dollars for a
book that might really change their lives! You might as well go
down to the Red Sea and raise your arms in commanding fashion!
They say they cannot afford it. Times are tough. In certain rare
cases, this might well be true. In most cases though, it is
simply an excuse. In truth, who are these people really
short-changing? Themselves! The brutal truth is that nobody else
is going to care less if they don’t advance in life but fall back
instead. They are the ones who will suffer. Ironically, it is
the very people who need to commit to self education who are the
last people to do it.
Some may often point out that the wealthy have the money and
thus they can afford to spend it on their own education. That is
yet another interestingly devious excuse. If you follow that line
of argument, you would have to admit that financially successful
people have the least use for on-going education because they are
already successful! Rather than point out that the education
budget of a wealthy person is less in proportion to their total
wealth compared to the poor person, you instead have to ask why
they spend ANY money at all?
It’s a very interesting fact that successful people continually
self-educate and re-invest their time and money in themselves
through continual learning, whilst unsuccessful people do not.
It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation. Do the successful spend
money on educational products and seminars because they can
afford it? Or did they become wealthy and successful BECAUSE they
made their own self-education a priority and paid whatever price
it took to achieve it? An objective analysis would reveal the
latter to be true.
The truth is it really does not cost that much to invest in a
book or product that can really change your life. You can enroll
in evening classes quite economically. Whether the product or
seminar costs 9 dollars, 99 dollars or even more, you have to
weigh the financial cost of the product against the long-term personal cost
of not obtaining the knowledge. Ignorance is NOT bliss!
Yes, there is a lot of free stuff out there, and the internet has
created a freebie-seeker’s paradise. But really, how much of that
information do you ever act upon? How many free e-books and
articles have you downloaded and never read? Knowledge may be
cheap these days but the sad truth is that what you don’t pay
for, you never value either.
So do yourself a favor. If you still participate in the freebie
mentality, QUIT IT NOW! Realize that education is valuable and
comes at a price. Resolve to pay that price and move into the
fast track of the self-educated and successful in our society. If
you continually just seek free stuff, what sort of message are
you sending your subconscious mind? Are you affirming your
affluence and that you truly value yourself? If you spend money
on a book or course, or take time out for training, does this
not send a FAR more powerful message to your inner mind that you
actually think you are worth investing in? If YOU won’t even
spend a cent on your own self-betterment, then why on earth would
you expect anybody else to care?
Truly, there is little you cannot accomplish if you resolve to
pay the price in terms of money, time and relentless commitment.
However, the decision is ultimately yours.
If it’s financially difficult for you, see where you can make
economies elsewhere. Above all else, get that essential
self-education. People are either in an expanding or contracting
spiral of life. Successful people are expansive; they can afford
more, because they have gained the knowledge required to create
success and wealth. Often though, they had to make tremendous
sacrifices and work hard for years to get to the exalted level
where we now see them.
Unsuccessful people want it all now. They spend their money and
time on things that don’t matter in the long run. They take no
risks and they never self-educate. Then they say, “I’m too poor”,
“I can’t afford it”, and so on. Yet, you often find that they do
have cash for all their little transient pleasures.
Don’t be like that. Break into the positive spiral. Model
yourself on the successful in our society, and not the also-rans.
Make no excuses. Determine to get an education and pay whatever
it takes in time, energy and money to attain it. Start today!
Copyright Asoka Selvarajah 2005. All Rights Reserved.
Asoka Selvarajah is a writer on personal growth and spirituality, and the author of “The 7 Golden Secrets To Knowing Your Higher Self”. His work helps people achieve their full potential, deepen their understanding of mystical truth, and discover their soul’s purpose. You can subscribe to his FREE ezine, and get his FREE ebook “Inner Light Outer Wealth” at:
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