This Mindset Mastery post addresses just why we are more inclined to appreciate specialised learning, and how capitalising self discipline in the course of that action helps us build more sustainable wealth and a stronger overall person of ourselves.
Appreciating The Cost
Anything acquired without effort, and without cost, is generally unappreciated, and often discredited; perhaps this is why we get so little from our tremendous opportunity in public schools. The self-discipline a person receives from a definite program of specialized study makes up to some extent for the wasted opportunity when knowledge was available without cost. Correspondence schools and online courses/schools are highly organized business institutions. They keep their fees low to attract students and so they generally demand payment upfront before releasing all or part of a course. Having already paid for the course tends to guarantee that a student will follow through with it, regardless of whether they achieve high or low grades when the person might otherwise drop out. Ironically, it is the online schools and correspondence schools who may be best situated to provide training on decision, promptness, action, and learning to finish what you’ve started.
In large part, the decline of the public schools, as well as the poor performance of college students whose educations are otherwise paid for, can be attributed to the fact that there is no direct consequence for them when students fail; with someone footing the bill, the student has lost nothing personally (in terms of money, at least) when they are simply too lazy to perform.
What Napoleon Hill is really talking about here is investing in yourself. When you invest in yourself, and you have some tangible vested interest—perhaps money, or perhaps just time and effort spent—then you have more motivation to succeed and see your end goals. Self investment is always worth the price, as it’s the one thing that you can do that will never risk a poor return!
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