October 24th, 2013
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I realized just tonight that the internet is WAY more important and useful than I thought.
It can be the biggest waste of time ever (which is how most people use it) OR, it can be used in a way to completely change your life for the better.
This is all obvious and probably sounds like its not new at all. It seems like it was an article written in 1996, not 2013…
Just stay with me here; please. I think you’ll see what I mean.
If you’ve read my blogs (You really should) or listened to our hundreds of podcasts (The best are here in the VIP)
then you already know I don’t have a lot of respect for formal education. I think it’s pretty much a waste of time and money (except for the social and partying parts of it)
I just didn’t really know WHY I thought this so strongly. I had an idea why, but it really wasn’t SUPER clear until tonight. That’s why I’m writing this blog now. It’s fresh in my mind and I actually want to share it with you guys. It still amazes me that I can connect with people all over the world with an idea, and do it instantly from my bedroom in Shanghai. Imagine doing this only 20 years ago?
…Anyway, here is my point. I was thinking about how fast information is changing, and how being good at searching for information really makes a lot of school a complete waste of time. With information changing so fast all the time, school often becomes a joke because they are teaching stuff that isn’t useful TODAY. How could it be? Even our cultural values and beliefs change because society is always so different now. Old people have very useful advice on what things to appreciate in life, and some huge and important general wisdom they’ve learned from years of life experience. But they often, not always, but often have really pathetic advice for what is currently possible in today’s world. They just don’t get how easy it is to learn new stuff and how we can change our lives quickly with that new info.
It used to be such a great skill to be a lawyer. ”WOOOO, he/she has a law degree” It was such a big deal in the past, and people had such respect for this kind of thing. Now, it’s really not a big deal at all; at least it shouldn’t be.
Sorry if you are a lawyer, and I’d love to read your comments if you are, but laws are not secrets. 20 years ago, or even less, if you didn’t know how some legal thing worked, then how would you find the information? You’d have to contact a lawyer and ask them. You’d have to pay a bunch of money as well, even just to ask them a question.
I mean, would you find some info on laws in a book you found in a library? I highly doubt it. It was the same with accounting, the same with medicine, the same with even cooking foreign foods. If you didn’t know how to cook an Indian curry 20 years ago, you had no chance in learning. Now you’d be a fool if you couldn’t find that info in 2 minutes.
In today’s world, if you know how to search the internet well, you can really find out anything. This concept is not new, but what is new (at least to me) is what this all means……
It means that most of what we learned in school, from our parents, and from our culture is garbage. (Well, it’s not all garbage, but a lot of it is very very wrong)
How we learn now is different. The speed we learn is different; it’s much faster. Each person can become so much more knowledgeable than people in the past; like 50 times more knowledgeable. It should make us run our lives in a completely different way. We really don’t need so much formal education.
If you want to know about marketing, you can find about it online. If you want to know about accounting, you can find it online. Even though many of the articles are basic, you can at least find a good book on Amazon and order it if you want something more advanced. We should be able to do many more jobs than before, and we should be able to learn a lot about them quickly. We should be able to do so many more things than people in previous generations did. We can just find the information we don’t know about in a couple seconds.
I think we’re only beginning to realize how powerful the internet can be. This is just the beginning. The earlier you TRULY understand this concept and apply it to your life, the better your life will be.
Most people still are not taking advantage of the opportunities that lie on the internet. Do you agree with me? Why or why not?
How could you use it to improve your life?
Love to read your comments!