I’m being honest with you, I wasn’t the smartest kid in the class at all. It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t smart enough to get good grades, apart from math, but that I was little or no interested in what we were taught.
I have just passed middle school and just to get to the college I wanted to go to. I thought college would be different in a good way. Well it wasn’t. It was actually worse. In addition to my learning difficulties, I celebrated a lot and often slept through whole classes, especially math classes. 🙂
At home it was pretty similar to school. My Russian parents pretty much forced me to read certain classics that I wasn’t interested in at all. I hated it. Actually, I had a bad habit of reading and dreaming at the same time … you know, when you read a page from a book and find that you don’t remember a single sentence because your mind was somewhere else. I was so enthusiastic about these books.
However, everything changed in my early 20s. When I realized that I was in a very dark place and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my existence, I started to educate myself.
Before this time of my life, I rarely found a book that I enjoyed. What struck me, however, was that if I enjoyed it, it was always a non-fiction book, the knowledge of which I can apply in my life.
So I started reading books on psychology, economics, meditation, motivation, success, etc. I also started looking at a lot of motivational content Youtube, I have to say I loved learning alone. The best thing about self-education, however, was that it got me out of the dark place I was in at the time.
Because of the big changes in my life from self-education, I want to give you 10 examples of what it did exactly for me. In this way, I would like to motivate you to spend more time learning to take care of yourself.
1. Start a business
I studied business informatics at the university. And although we were taught some IT, everything related to the business side was about being a professional employee.
By reading books about business and motivation as well as online courses and meeting like-minded people, I finally made the decision and had enough courage to start my own business.
Unfortunately there are not many Really Business schools out there, if at all. So if you want to start your own business, self-education is a must.
2. New connections
When you start self-education, you will inevitably meet other like-minded people, both in real time and online. From what I’ve seen so far, these people are always very motivated, eager to learn, ready to take action, and even make mistakes, which I’ve hardly ever seen at colleges and universities.
3. Gain knowledge
As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t really like studying at school and college because I felt that most classes in real life were just boring and useless.
With self-training, I like to learn something new every day, because I can decide what, when and at what pace I want to learn.
I could have just finished my studies, started working and never opened a book in my life again many many People do but i would live a very boring life. In my opinion, knowledge = excitement and opportunities in life.
4. People are approaching you
Because I started a company and had to learn so many things thoroughly, my friends often turn to me for help. It is a reward to be able to help those who need it. After all, the reason I created this blog in the first place was to help others.
Also the more You will become knowledgeable by reading booksThe more you can talk about it, the more extensive your vocabulary will be. All of this broadens the horizon of what kind of people you are attracted to. In other words, you will have a lot of interesting people around you.
5. Help with anxiety
I used to be serious to suffer from fear to the point where my panic attacks would force me to run away from class while I was a student. I seriously thought I would never be able to enjoy life again.
However, after spending a lot of time reading the topic, I found many different ways to deal with the terrible problem. As a result, I hardly ever get scared these days, and if I do, I can handle it much better than I did before my own training.
We all have stage fright to some extent, but mine was on a completely different level.
I remember my university presentations like yesterday. I was scared $ h! Tless! My voice trembled, my legs trembled, and my face went red like a tomato, which was the worst part of it all. I was very confident up to the point where I was wearing a red t-shirt just so my face didn’t appear so red to the audience.
I have tried many different approaches to cure my illness Fear of public speaking, I listened to hypnosis tapes while sleeping, which obviously didn’t work. But I also read somewhere that orange juice (vitamin C) somehow helps reduce anxiety. I drank a liter of orange juice before giving a speech. Apart from the fact that I really wanted to urinate badly, which made me even more anxious, there was no positive effect.
I knew that as soon as my real job starts in an office, I have to give presentations, whether I like it or not. Nobody would teach me how to do it right, so I went back to self-education.
I’ve read some materials on the subject that describe some techniques for avoiding being too scared, but that didn’t really solve the problem. I knew I needed real experience. At that point I joined Toastmasters, an organization that helps people master their presentation skills.
Joining Toastmasters was a really big and scary step for me, but I knew I needed someone, a mentor, a coach, and a mastermind group to show me how to do it and to give me feedback. Joining the local Toastmasters group was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Sure, I’m not perfect in public today, but at least I’m not more afraid of it than of death. I can actually get up and talk calmly in front of a camera or a small audience.
7. Find a purpose
As I mentioned before, It was a dark time in my life when I had no idea where I was going. I had no meaning in life
But when I came to self-taught, I opened up new horizons. By reading books on various topics, by talking to interesting people who work in the self-taught niche, I found things that really interested me.
Suddenly life was no longer boring and senseless events happened around and for me. I finally realized that there are so many different ways that we can develop and grow. So many things to try.
For me, self-education became a gateway to find meaning in life.
8. Don’t waste any more time
I used to spend all my free time doing things that were mostly bad for my health. I’d hang out a lot, go to clubs with friends, etc.
When I got to self-education and finally found that meaning in life, I no longer had the urge to waste my life. In fact, I felt bad because I had wasted so much of it. Because time is the most precious thing we have in life. It cannot be bought back.
Now, on a Friday evening, unlike before, I have no problem staying here and doing something. I have a goal in life and I know exactly why I have to do this work.
9. Increased my curiosity
Since I started reading a lot of books and learning in general, I’ve become more curious about other things. I noticed that when I focus on a topic and I don’t understand a term or event, I start to google what I have never done before.
Having an increased curiosity is great because it lets you know even the smallest details. The only downside is that sometimes when I read something and start googling something that I don’t understand, I end up in a gap where I google things that I don’t understand. My longest gap lasted a week. After a week, I returned to the place where it all started. 🙂
This is more a combination of all the previous 9 points, but I wanted to highlight this part again.
Since I got into self-teaching, my confidence rose through the roof. I started using a richer vocabulary, gaining knowledge of a variety of topics, dispelling my fears and fear of public speaking, communicating better with women, starting a business, quitting hesitation, and much more.
Everything you can imagine, whether you like it or not, increases your confidence through the roof. I didn’t get cocky, but I was relatively confident, at least compared to my old self. It is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling feelings that anyone can have. I really say this from experience.
In conclusion, I would like to say the following. Don’t get me wrong, schools, colleges and universities have their place in society, especially when it comes to professions like doctors, police officers, pilots, etc. But even if the information they teach sometimes seems pointless, schools teach us how to analyze and think information critically, and that is extremely useful in this world.
But if you are something like me and because of the lack of interest you have never been able to be a great student, do not just stand still and live with the fact that you cannot learn. Get out there and do it on your own!
Read books, check out educational programs, buy online courses, get mentors, join mastermind groups, etc. All of this takes you far in your life.
The formal training will secure your livelihood. Self-education makes you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
This is how self-education changed my life. Thank you for your visit and good luck!
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