Mindset Mastery 111 – Pursuing Knowledge

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

modern-educationWith 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!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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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. Hi Sean,
    Specialized learning makes a lot of sense. To learn only what will be used and is needed to be useful in certain occupation that’s chosen. I’ve noticed and I’ve heard others say that unless you actually use a new learned skill you will forget it ad it will be lost. May be is where a popular saying originated, “use it or you lose it” It does certainly apply to learning new skills in many work related areas.

  2. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think if you’re really clear about what you’re trying to achieve, it will make it easier to determine the kinds of knowledge that you might need to be successful. If you’re thinking about further education or a course of some kind, you need to decide if it will move you towards achieving your goals or away from them.

    Obviously, you need to choose to learn new skills that will help you achieve your goals otherwise it just dilutes your focus and concentration away from what you want.

  3. I remember a season of Donald Trump’s Show “The Apprentice” where they had a battle between what they called the Book Smarts (university educated business people) and Street Smarts (non-university educated business people).

    Of course, half of it’s for dramatic effect and entertainment. But they were kind of doing an experiment, or at least trying to make a comment, about the differences between the two.

    I can’t deny the value of a good, university education. I think people who generalise and say that getting a uni degree is a waste of time, are wrong. Some of the brightest, sharpest minds on the planet are developed at universities. I’ve had the privilege to study with some of them in my life in the US and in Oz.

    But of course, formal education without real-life education is unbalanced. And I’m not saying that you need a uni degree to be successful. Far from it. We all know the examples of non-formally educated billionaires (like Gates, Branson and a long list more).

    Learning comes in all forms. I’m very grateful for my formal education, but I also learn from reading, travel and living. In the 21st century we need to be smart and selective about our sources of knowledge and learning. And to pick mentors carefully.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  4. I guess it very much depends on what you want to do and where your talents lie.
    I went to Uni and studied telecommunications (ok, a long time ago) and it still serves me well today. Not necessarily the individual information (I guess I don’t remember 80% of that anymore), but I was also taught how to approach a problem and to how to find a solution for a problem that no one came across before. That has helped me in “real life” even so it was part of my formal education.

    But if my passion would have been to be a professional musician, that uni degree wouldn’t help me much ….

    I guess it is about making sure you have the right tools for the task ahead, and if you don’t have the tools or don’t know how to use them – find a person who is great with that tool and have them do it for you.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      Yes, you have to know exactly what you want to achieve. You need the right kind of education but it’s best to work to your strengths.

      Again, this is where a Master Mind group will really help. You need to get all the skills and knowledge you require to be successful. But, you may need to get someone to handle the areas you’re weak in.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  5. I’m seeing myself more and more in Napolean Hill. I see the public school system as a stepping stone on a journey filled with rocks. The art of learning never ends and yet too many “students” are just waiting for the day of graduation to stop being lectured. If you’re not surrounding yourself with teachers life gets pretty boring in my opinion.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

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