Mindset Mastery 114 – Earning It

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.

Self Investment

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!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. I just don’t get the state school system here in QLD and do believe in home schooling…but don’t get me started on that because I could go on for ever!!!
    The queensland State system is letting our kids down. The government knows it, the teachers know and the kids are showing it in their results.
    Our two oldest are in a private high school (year 8 and year 9) but only on the condition that they pass their exams, show that they are keen to learn and put in the effort. We have told them (and if we are mean as parents sorry but it is our choice) that we are paying over $3500.00 each to send them to a great school, so they need to appreciate it and show that they are willing to learn.
    The latest test (Naplan test) was a disgrace to our system. The teachers pushed all of their kids hard for a good result. And why did they focus on that test for over a term nearly every day? Because if the school passed as a whole then they were given money to improve the school playgrounds. What happened to teaching the kids what they need to know to go out into the world and succeed?
    Oops I have gone on a rant long enough!!! I believe in teaching what the children are keen to know:)
    Very strong views but with five boys, I have seen first hand what our school system is lacking. Its free, and its damaging our kids self esteem…

    Thanks for the post Sean.

    lisa woods last blog post..Moving House…..

  2. One of Sean’s messages here is that we need self discipline.
    Self discipline is a necessary part of life and needs to start being practiced at a very early age. While going to school we need self discipline to be able to study regularly to enable receiving good grades. After leaving further education may be required, college or a correspondence course. Discipline needed again to save money, possibly to purchase a correspondence course, etc.

    Discipline is needed to build sustainable wealth and to become a stronger person overall.

    • Self discipline is just as important as being able to reward yourself for a job well done. If you spend your day working hard and waiting for someone else to recognize you a plateau will be reached, if you can value what you’re doing and take the time to recognize it the success you’ll reach will be tremendous.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      I agree that we need discipline to finish what we start. If we want to have a better life, we need to make some investment in our own education. But, we have to be prepared to see it through.

      When we see an opportunity we need to grab it with both hands. We shouldn’t devalue it because it’s free or fail to follow through because no-one gives us a piece of paper at the end of it.

      Discipline and sacrifice are always needed to make the most of any opportunity.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  3. I think the problems with Australian public schools are more complex than what is suggested here. But I know the purpose of this blog post is not to debate that.

    The message is about investing in yourself. I agree that everyone should find some room in their budget, and their time, for that. Especially in continued education, well beyond formal education.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..What life is about =-.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I’m not sure why some people don’t seem to appreciate things that are free. I guess it’s because it doesn’t matter what happens, pass or fail, there are no consequences.

    Still, I think that some people would make the most of any opportunity, free or not. I think it comes down to whether or not they really want to learn what is being offered and if they have the maturity to do the work when there are no consequences.

    • I can never understand that either. My parents were foster parents and it was disappointing to me to see so much given to these underprivileged kids that was unvalued. Even now they live in a beautiful home, the kids get regular allowance, unlimited great food, basically everything I would love and yet they commonly runaway declaring they need a vacation.

      I look at their lives as a vacation that is going to waste on those who don’t appreciate it at all. These same kids can get a free higher education if they prove they will value it and instead throw it away while people like myself struggle to make the money needed to buy something I would cherish forever.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

      • Hi Sarah,

        I’m not sure why they don’t value what they’re offered but I think it would have something to do with not valuing themselves first. They can only act in accordance with they way they see themselves.

        Maybe they run away because they find it scary to be cared about. It’s much easier to believe that no-one cares and to protect yourself from that kind of hurt. This is preferable to believing that someone cares and then you find out they don’t.
        .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  5. Hm. Interesting the comments of the school systems. In germany there are nearly no private schools, everybody (ok, 98%) goes to a public school and it seems to work ok. I am not sure if it makes a difference that we don’t have this “discrimination” of public (“bad”) and private (“good”) schools …

    I do fully agree that learning whatever you can is an investment in your future. And I think it’s important to make that clear to the kids, to raise their interest in the “why” of going to school. And without threats if possible.

    I wonder by how far the experience of most of the young generation (that they get given everything without having to do anything for it as parents want them to have a great childhood and not miss out on anything) are playing a role in not valuing free education.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

    • It’s interesting to find out that Germany doesn’t have private schools as it may make the public school system better. Teachers are no longer deciding the value of public versus private so the teachers are striving for greater success at where they are at which will reflect better on the students.

      My niece is over there now through an exchange program and although I don’t hear much about her schooling experience I’m sure the social experience is great for her.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  6. Online or distance education courses are worth a lot more than the monetary value placed on them. They require tremendous discipline and concentration which some regular schools do not require or promote. Elementary and high schools too often promote students to higher grades simply for the social aspect and too many students depend on this to graduate. While the students who go on to greater things need to recognize the best reward is what is given by yourself to yourself and distance education courses teach this best.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

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