Napoleon Hill may sound as if he is against schooling and education, but that is not truly the case. He is simply against wasting time and energy learning things that are unnecessary and that distract from your ability to focus on what is truly needful and useful. He goes on to talk about how to determine whether you should be pursuing a certain line of knowledge, or outsourcing so that your best efforts can be better placed and well spent.
What’s The Purpose?
If you are considering additional schooling, first determine why (for what purpose) you want the knowledge you are after; then learn where this particular sort of knowledge is available, from reputable and reliable sources.
Successful people, in all walks of life, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the time for acquiring knowledge stops when a person finishes school or gets their degree. The truth is that schooling is useful because it puts a person in direct contact with educational resources, and shows them how to acquire practical knowledge. In our modern age this is sometimes the only avenue left where knowledge in a particular area can be had, whereas in previous times apprenticeships provided avenues for first-hand, ‘hands-on’ learning.
Changing Times, Changing Education
With the Changed World which began at the end of the Depression also came astounding changes in educational requirements. The order of the day became specialization! This truth was emphasized by Robert P. Moore, secretary of appointments at Columbia University.
The following quoted article relates the changes in the Universities during this time, which have resulted in the way people are educated in colleges and Universities today.
New World Education
Oh I’ve done it again—left you with a cliff-hanger. You’ll just have to come back on Friday if you want to read on on the topic (which of course you do!). Seriously, though, specialization has become the new age of education. The reason it’s become so successful is that ability to focus and achieve in an efficient manner. Master focus and efficiency, and you’ll live both richer and happier!
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