"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" — Nelson Mandela
The great Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for being dubbed by the Oracle of Delphi as the wisest man of all. Upon hearing this Socrates could have boasted of this prestige, or at the very least he could have stood quietly proud of this bestowed honor. Socrates did neither. Instead, the philosopher sought to prove the Oracle wrong! This only solidified the Oracle’s assertion, because Socrates was deemed the wisest man of all because he knew that he knew nothing.
Many of us go through life trying to hide from whatever ignorance we may have, pretending to know more than we actually do, but there is no shame in not knowing. After all, we all came into this world on the same education level. The shame is not in not knowing; rather, the shame is when we have an opportunity to learn and grow and yet choose to not take it.
It is certainly easier in the short term to keep things the way that they are; easier to rest on our past victories and on what we already know. But in the long term this contentment will be the cause of much discomfort as we fail to grow as time marches onward and our circumstances change with the times.
Make an inventory of your talents, skills, and knowledge. Next, state your intention, desire, or dream—whatever it is that you want to do. And now identify the skills and knowledge that you need in order to accomplish this task. This practice will highlight the areas that need your attention and at the same time give you your to-do list of things to focus on next. By making a plan to educate yourself in these areas you will be given an asset that nothing but death can take away from you.
Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.