Monday, 21 October 2013

You are probably smart enough to re-invent yourself.

Chances are if you have an undergraduate degree you are mentally capable of re-inventing your career skill set. However, the biggest obstacle in your way is the perception around education. Most people and most companies think that the only way you can learn something is in a class room and by a class room I mean picking up your body and moving it to a physical location. 

But the secret that nobody will ever tell you is that you can make your own experience and you can learn by yourself. It's exactly what every single teacher since kindergarten has told you not to do. Have you ever felt helpless without the support of the classroom? It's a very common experience.

Lot's of people make their own experience and learn by themselves. It's way more common than you would expect it to be and it's gaining momentum. Here is one of my favorite quotes.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”  - Jim Ron

Why should you re-invent yourself? Well the first and most common thing that makes a person re-invent themselves is that you are trained in a dicipline that is now either obsolete or really tough to get into. 

It's very possible that you enter into a 4 year bachelor's degree and the world changes when you get out. Something could happen like entering into university in 2006 before the 2008 crisis and exiting afterward. Those are two completely different times. Not only could the financial climate change the rules can just randomly change for no good reason. The world moves too fast for the past institutions to catch up. So what do you do? Well if you actually did your degree and learned how to critically think then you can easily re-invent yourself. So how do you do that?

You can easily learn skills online, especially technology skills. You can pay a fraction of the cost it would normally take in a tradition institution. The best part is that you can do it in your home on your own time. 

But what about experience? You can easily self release a ton of projects. The more you release and the longer you do it the more desirable you become and if you learn from your mistakes and improve each time then you will find yourself in a better place than you were before. 

So if you are in a rut, you have 100% of the power to get out of it. Start learning online and start releasing today. There is no excuse not to start.

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