An excerpt from the book by Michael Ellsberg "millionaire without a diploma»

Modern education system is outdated. She pulls out the life of 15-20 years and grows not adapted to people's lives.

You have inspired a false belief. You have been told that if study hard in school, go to a good college and successfully finish it, success in life is guaranteed. Perhaps it was fifty years ago. But today is different. If you want to succeed in today's world, should address the acquired skills that are useful in real life, and work on the development of such qualities and skills that will enable you to significantly outstrip Chartered standouts. It does not matter, you have learned at university or not.

Of course, the university can learn a lot of great things, but they have no relation to a successful career or financial well-being. You can develop erudition, hone critical thinking skills, broaden their horizons, enthusiastically plunged into the rich cultural and intellectual heritage of great thinkers. All this worthy endeavor. But do not think that, by dealing with the concentration of these cases and received a confirmation of a diploma, you can count on successful employment with a guarantee of employment for the next forty years and then receive a good pension. More and more people (including those who have not yet received a higher education) are beginning to realize that the old recipe for a successful career is no longer valid. It's time to look for new ways.

School ratings

In humans, the industrial age the main occupation in life between the ages of 6 to 22 years has been - if slightly exaggerate - in getting good grades. Of course, great importance was attached, and other activities such as sports, for example, which give solidity autobiography to enroll in college. But if you ask just that, in the opinion of parents, teachers, politicians and society in general, should be the focus of young people from 6 to 22 years, the answer is simple - assessment.
Have you ever wondered how this is ridiculous? How could anyone could have imagined that zeal in learning is a necessary and sufficient condition for success in life? Why are we convinced ourselves that this is the correct conduct best sixteen years of his life? Why do I need to spend my youth - years of his life with great potential, full of enthusiasm, energy, creativity and fun - for a beautiful papers confirming the study of a specific academic program?

Maybe you still have not noticed, but it's pretty stupid system. Her stupidity is that if you do not want to continue working in science, then all the things you will learn, except for the basic professional knowledge, does not have any impact on the success in your professional interests. In developing your practical intelligence, you, on the contrary, make a very large investment in future success.
School of Life

As well as the development of above average IQ has nothing to do with efficiency in real-life assessment (on which we are working hard for sixteen years) above the mean values ​​did not correlate with a high chance of success in life, great achievements or a sense of fulfillment. < br /> Compare the lives of two people, from birth had very high rates of mental development: Chris Langan, "the smartest man in America," whose IQ passes for 200, and Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project. Their level of talent is comparable, but one of them (Oppenheimer) made an outstanding contribution to the history, and the other (Langan) can not boast of anything except the numerous attempts to publish their research.

The main difference lies in the fact that Oppenheimer, in addition to its highest intellect, has particularly strong practical intelligence helped him to behave with people from whom depended on its success. All these little things - know that to whom, when and how to say in order to obtain the best possible result - given to him easily. Langan, by contrast, was almost devoid of this quality. Therefore his name we do not often have to hear when it comes to significant achievements.

Once a person reaches a certain level of logical thinking and basic erudition, other factors take on the role of the dominant in determining the measure of his success in life, namely, creativity, innovative thinking, practical and social intelligence. It is important to note that all these qualities are formed under conditions of real life situations, rather than through formal training.

Education - not education

Believe me, I'm all support the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake of knowledge and mastery of the tools to better understand the world and society. To see this, just look at my bookshelf, clogged books on philosophy, psychology, politics, spiritual development, poetry, biographies, and all kinds of different popular scientific literature. But unless it is impossible to love and the pursuit of knowledge is less expensive ways - for example, by reading books on their own after work and on weekends, or enrolling in correspondence courses online?
The strange thing is, in my opinion, that education is, in fact, has become a way of life that allows people not to think. The decision to pursue higher education is taken by young people on autopilot, without the slightest regard for what they really expect from life.

Unfortunately, our formal education is gradually transformed into a system, it is very much focused on status. Status is acquired with a clear implementation of specific rules. Get a degree, get a job, do one or the other - and gain the desired status. Such reliably become stronger hierarchical system of our society. Agree to learn for the sake of status - is wrong, and everyone knows that. I situation in the education system is reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz hiding behind the curtain. I believe that our formal education has become too focused on the status and surprisingly far from that interested people who want to succeed in life and to the world around positive impact. And things seriously exacerbated by the fact that our society is becoming more and more predictable.

Today, everyone is trying to find a life as possible and projected employment security, and yet in the next few decades, the world will become more and more insane, chaotic and unpredictable.

Unfortunately, the education system in its present form, from kindergarten to post-graduate education, has nothing to do with the flexibility, stability and adaptability. She teaches a narrow set of academic and analytical skills, at most non-practical realities of life, hammered into our heads for hours, days, weeks, months and years. Of course, the analytical skills needed to succeed in a changing world, but that's not all. Success, happiness, innovation, achievement and leadership depend on a range of human skills, most of which are not taught in any school or institution of higher education.


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