If you are not growing, you’re dying. I have adopted a mindset of relentless growth and self development over the past few years and I don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Before I realized that regret was futile and a waste of emotion I would constantly regret the absence of a college degree in my life. I was a late bloomer and didn’t much feel like entering college right out of high school. In fact, I barely made it out of high school. Why in the world would I want to go into another institution that wasn’t designed to cater to me and the way that I relate to learning. I will admit that I have always had a thirst for knowledge and could go toe to toe with many experts in whatever field I chose whether it was technology, luthiery, beer brewing, bee keeping, or graphic design. But I always had a nagging sensation like a midget holding onto a mullet that was causing me to continually take steps backward after I made progress. I feel that it was me predicting my failure in advance due to lack of confidence from not having a formal education.
Formal education is the key word here. What makes it so formal? I guess it’s the idea of me sitting down and a teacher spitting out knowledge from books with me reading along and then taking the book home and pouring over the information so it would sink in long enough for me to take a test. Oh! Forgot to mention me spending a very large sum so I would get a participation certificate when it was all said and done.
So after many years I somehow came to my own obvious conclusion that text books were just books (took me many years, i know). So I thought “how about I stop bellyaching about missing out on schooling and start empowering myself by learning these concepts myself”? Let the reading begin! For the past year or so I have substituted listening to music in my car for audiobooks on everything from personal growth and strategy to business concepts, which leads me to my final findings. I have longed for the knowledge that is contained within having a business degree, more specifically an MBA. So I ventured out to find some sort of literary vehicle that would allow me to stand toe to toe with those with a $40,000-$120,000 education and what I found was a whole world of experts that tout the better idea of self learning MBA principles through a (large) series of reading materials.
There is a known author named Josh Kaufman that has compiled a list of 99 books that should give you a good taste of what it is like to have an MBA. “99 Books!” I thought to myself, that is just too much reading. But then I thought again and realized that it was a much better option for me since I could learn at my own pace and do this on my own time while driving from here to there. To make it even easier Kaufman has also released his own book called The Personal MBA which is a compilation of the concepts and strategies that you would learn in a traditional MBA program. I read the book, and liked it. It opened my eyes to what others get to experience with paid schooling. The journey doesn’t end there though since he still recommends reading many other books that delve way deeper into subjects such as how to read financial reports and value creation.
If you would like to stop regretting and start learning I urge you to take a chance and delve into this idea of self educating. You have nothing to lose.