This message is the kind you would expect at a graduation ceremony. However, I believe the essence of it belongs almost everywhere: in college recruiting conversations, freshmen orientation, classroom lectures, course assignments, student meetings with the dean, family meetings, parents advising their children, employee meetings with the boss, team meetings, church services and blog posts like this one.
“Knowledge gives you power… The more knowledge
you have about a subject, the better equipped
you become to link your daily experience to new opportunity.”
– Zig Ziglar and Tom Ziglar, “Born to Win”, p. 79, 81
Knowledge is Important, But…
Apparently, when it comes to formal education, we get it! Formal education is widely considered invaluable as part of life’s preparation. Although I tend to qualify this because the college experience is valuable only to the extent that one pays attention. The late Jim Rohn said it this way: “Rarely does a good idea interrupt you.”
Educational opportunities created in school make way for the acquisition of knowledge and a controlled environment where students can experiment with what they learn. Of course, the diploma that one earns has value as a key credential for employment and advancement. However, there’s one success factor that is widely overlooked — self-education. College isn’t the only development opportunity and it doesn’t meet all growth needs.
“Formal education will make you a living.
Self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn
…Knowledge Without Wisdom is Impotent!
Your diploma is not a guarantee for success. It’s not an invitation for a seat at the boardroom table. It’s not a ticket to employment. It’s not even a promise of getting an interview. It is merely one of many essential credentials to be considered for employment. While having an education will not always lead to the interview you want, you can be certain that not having one will likely disqualify from getting the interview. The reason is simple. Employers hire people, not repositories of knowledge. The value you bring to the market goes beyond what you know.
Preparation Increases Your Value
Whether the task is small or large, always prepare. Preparing means, “equipping yourself with the tools, skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to turn your plans into reality.” Preparation includes learning, planning and practice. Only then can you expect consistent and successful execution.
“The few who do are the envy of the many
who only watch.” – Jim Rohn
Success is the result of our daily commitment to preserving and increasing our value in the marketplace. So, every day we should ask ourselves the following three questions:
- What will I do today to learn and grow? (my promises)
- What will I do today to implement what I’ve learned and who I’ve become? (my promises)
- How well did I do today in the areas of learning and implementation? (assessing my promises)
“You must get good at one of two things:
planting in the spring or begging in the fall.” – Jim Rohn
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