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Future of Education: Self Education

The Self Education Action List
If you are willing to learn nothing can stop you

Use this list only as an idea stimulator to assist yourself to find your place in the scheme of things and to work at jobs you prefer.

Each item here is an action idea, meaning you can act on the idea. As soon as you are able start to put these ideas, and those this causes you to think of into action, improvement will begin to take place. A person who acts in favor of their future, gain far more from life than one who ignores ideas.

Remember there is a Law of Accumulation: Everything counts. This means that everything you do or donít do, counts whether you think so or not. Like a snow ball rolling down a soft snowy hill, gathering size and weight, so our lives gather in every way imaginable. So every idea you read in this simple pamphlet will be helping you gather useful knowledge. Accumulating more for your future.

Only action will help anyone who needs help. Even the action of requesting help from a person or organization to get the info/data you need to move towards what you seek in a career or life.

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THE SELF EDUCATION ACTION LIST
1. Know what you want
It makes good sense not to spend your time learning cosmetology if you are going to become a building inspector. Focus is power. The more clearly you can state what it is you want to do the easier it is to learn the necessary skills and knowledge you will need.

A word of caution - many times we mistakenly think that we only need the direct knowledge for a given career. Experience proves that if you develop credentials, skills and experience you will be far ahead of others competing for the same work.

2. Read Voraciously
The more you read from books, magazines and journals, online about your field the more you will begin to form a clear picture of what it is you are going to be doing soon. Would you like to meet the great minds of the world? Thatís what you are doing when you read. Reading helps you to grow in intellect and spirit. You are exposed to different ideas and this in turn helps you to form your own ideas about yourself, others and the world around you. NOTE:
(If you spend any more than thirty minutes a day in your to or from work/school you can benefit immensely from listening to CDs. Both your materials and others available from publishers and libraries. In one year this thirty minutes a day adds up to about 183 hours! Thatís about 4.5 40 hour weeks a year in pure learning time. One month a year you would have in extra learning time to learn anything you want to. Do you think it would make a difference?)

If you want to find out fast about any field and get a snap-shot of the industry go to your search engine. Look up all related articles in the field of your interest. After reading related articles and materials you will come to a point at which there is overlap. Overlap is when you start to read about the same ideas in several different sources.

Then you will have a quick view of the industry, where it is going and the major breakthroughs.You need to be visiting websites related to your field of interest at least once a day. Then contact each site you visit and ask for ideas on how to break into the field.


"Every person who knows how to read has the power to magnify themselves, to multiply the way in which they exist, to make their life full, significant and interesting."
- Aldus Huxley


3. Take notes
Nothing fancy. Just get a notebook at the corner store. Write down all of the things you discover while exploring in your chosen field. Write down your ideas that inspire you, things that you want to do. Writing is like having a discussion with a reflective other person.

4. Talk to people who have the experience
Find people who are in the field and doing the work you want to do. If it is in IT, go to where IT professionals work or relax and make friends. You need a strategy. Here's one- decide to write an essay or report about the field you plan to become part of. Then interview the 'experts' or professionals you feel have the advice and experience you will need to become part of the industry. Maybe your short paper will be called How to Break into ____________ (you fill in the blank.) This will give you the inside look you may want and help you to meet the key people you may need to know. Before the interview plan your questions well. Don't ask superficial or amateur questions that could be answered with a little library research. Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge, and your self educating efforts in the field. You will be appreciated and may even establish enough rapport to contact the person you interviewed at a later date. Or they may contact you later for an interview.
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5. Write letters to authorities in your area of interest
A seventeen year old girl wrote famous TV newscasters and received guidance from two of them. She asked them 'How can I get started in the business?' Leading newscasters Connie Chung and Diane Sawyer wrote back with this advice: "....learn a diverse range of subjects-not just journalism. Read a variety of magazines & newspapers."
Also "...learn from the ground up and try to get any job with a TV station or newspaper."
Start your own letter writing campaign . (or email) Ask the leaders in your industry for guidance and methods that will help you to establish yourself within the industry.

A person who doesn't take action on his own behalf is just like the person who cannot take action on his own behalf.

6. Start a project
If you are wanting to break into architecture then create a design or concept of a building on your own. Whatever you will be doing in your new career it will pay to invest in time and effort to create a model of the art, work or tasks involved.If you are going to be teaching then create a teaching format on the subjects you wish to teach with your own ideas. The purpose is not to be chosen because of your brilliant performance or production. The purpose here is to involve yourself in a submersion of tasks, jobs and elements vital to the career you want. By doing this you will create experience that will benefit you in many ways.

7. Attend associations, clubs, organizations
If you want to be an interior decorator, no matter what you want to be, go to the city show or conventions for those occupations. Attend industry meetings. Mix and mingle with your future peers!

If you are going to be in the field you must start to associate with the people in that field. If you don't have the money to get in the door don't worry. Ask to sit in anyway. Note: The author once decided to go into the recycling business. The local Chamber of commerce was holding a conference and to attend cost $25. He was broke and couldn't afford the fee. He went any way and when he was in front of the person who sold the tickets he told them he was broke. He whispered to this person that his financial situation today should not exclude him from contributing to this worthy cause. He told them he must attend and that he was willing to work before, during or after the conference to pay his way. The sales lady was surprised and she quietly waved him in.
When you are at a special gathering ask questions and ask for business cards. Collect the brochures, newsletters and any other contacts that even remotely might help you in your self educating journey.

8. Volunteer
Offer to work for free for short periods of time. Volunteer to work in the offices or warehouses or at the computer or out in the field. Commit three to ten hours a month on this basis. More or less depending on your situation.Do not worry about the free use they are getting from you. You will benefit in many ways. Like getting to show your knowledge in the field. Getting to meet professionals and create professional relationships with the key people in the industry. Being exposed to the 'inside' with all the details that are not visible from the outside. Maybe even the benefit of realizing that this type of work may not be for you after all. Be sure to always make a good impression as a volunteer. Be on time, be polite, emulate the professionals in every way, dress, as much as possible like them. You want to have the opportunity to join and it is more likely they will want you
Many people have started as a volunteer with little or no personnel credits and have, because of their professional impression and good work habits, been hired as permanent personal. Note: Volunteer in several different places that use the type of services that will be your career. This will give you more ways of looking at the field, increasing the likelihood of being hired.

9. Take courses, workshops & seminars
Many adult education courses are offered to any who want to learn more. Go to lectures. If you cannot afford to attend then go anyway! Ask if you can work for the instructor in place of payment. Many times you can pay half and work for the rest, or pay for the materials only. Impoverishment need not be a barrier to alternative ways to self learning/self education. Many colleges that offer courses also have financial aid for cash poor students. You must take the time and make the effort to ask. You can think of ways to earn the extra cash you need. If the life you want is important then take extra jobs if needed. The price of your education, in the terms of money, time and effort, is whatever it costs. And it is worth twice the price.

10. Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask
Ask - Seek - Knock
Go to the offices and ask what would they do if they wanted to get into this industry? They might surprise you as to how they take an interest in your interest of the field they love as well. Ask for names of other companies they might know have an edge on the field. Request recommended meetings or conferences you might attend. Ask and offer help back, like doing some research or running errands. Think creatively and find the knowledge you need to get to where you want to go. Create value first then ask.
Remember: we have to put the wood in first before we can expect warmth.†

What have we covered:
1. Know what you want
2. Read Voraciously
3. Take notes
4. Talk to people who have the experience
5. Write letters to authorities in your area of interest
6. Start a project
7. Attend associations, clubs, organizations
8. Volunteer
9. Take courses, workshops & seminars
10. Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask

Simple ideas that can have a tremendous impact in your self directed learning. You can find the knowledge to take you where you want to be. Good luck - Living Under Correct Knowledge.

Always remember the real work is Awakening........