Years ago, if you wanted to get a good job, make money and have an established career—you needed to go to college and get a four-year degree. This was the way things were—years ago.
Today, this whole mindset that you need a four-year college degree in order to be successful truly is a thing of the past. After all, some of the biggest and most successful businessmen in our world today never finished college. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates—all college dropouts.
But you’ve probably already heard that all before.
Today, I’m not just talking about those one of a kind stories of successful men who have done it without a college degree. I’m not here to talk about how to be an anomaly.
I’m here to talk about how you can get a better education and save yourself money in the process. And you can do this through internet self-education.
The Basics of Internet Self-Education
Let’s start with what I believe is the best form of education—self education. Thanks to the internet and the fact that we have virtually endless amounts of information right at our fingertips—today, people like you and me can get an amazing education right online, for hardly any money at all.
Sure, there are going to be classes, online courses, webinars and eBooks that you can buy for more insight and more reading materials—but most of what you can access online is free, or almost free. There is only one real thing you need (besides an internet connection) and that is the willingness to put in the word.
Every person you interact with in the world today who has a phone, tablet, computer or internet connection can get a world-class education, but the reason that most people don’t take advantage of this opportunity to learn is because they aren’t willing to put in the work.
Staying Focused on Your Self-Education
Before you go any farther, and before you think you are going to get this outstanding education just by searching around online—you need to realize that you have to stay focused, and you have to have a strong work ethic.
There is no structure with self-education. There is no teacher, no class attendance and no penalties for not doing your homework. Simply put, if you are not going to be willing to put in the effort, you shouldn’t even bother reading the rest of this article.
If you can’t stay focused, self-education won’t work.
If you won’t go the extra-mile while no one is watching, self-education won’t work.
If you aren’t committed to actually learning, self-education won’t work.
You also need to be willing to put what you learn to use. An online self-education, and “teaching yourself” on the internet isn’t going to translate on a resume for an employer, so once you do the work and start learning, you need to start putting what you learn to task so that there are some fruits of your labor.
The Advantages of Self-Education Over a College Education
If you have been thinking about going back to school in order to get an education, one of the first things that you will learn is—it is going to cost you a fortune. That is the great part about an online self-education, it is virtually free.
But there are even more advantages than that, here are a few more of the perks of educating yourself.
- A self-education gives you the opportunity to explore the topics you need. There are no limits, like there are in colleges. You are the teacher, which means you get to decide what you are learning.
- It can help you manage your time. You don’t have any more valuable asset than your time. A self-education allows you to more effectively manage your time, so you can create a time table that works for you and set deadlines that work with your schedule.
- You can study without interruptions. Everything is on your time, so you can study without interruptions and you don’t have to worry about a crowded schedule taking away from your valuable study time.
- The college path is crowded. If you graduate from college with a degree—you will be thrown into a market of thousands of other people who graduated with the same degree, have the same resume and are looking for the same job. Instead of fighting your way through a crowd, you can take the road less traveled with self-education.
- It allows you to become an expert. With self-education you can really deep dive into the very specific area you want to be an expert in. If you want to work in a certain field and want to be an expert in that field—that is the only thing you need to study.
Just think about the last time you sat down in a class as part of a formal education. Now think about all of the classes and lectures that you sat through—subjects like geometry and chemistry. How often do you use these in your professional endeavors?
When you embark on a path of self-education, you can avoid classes like this that don’t benefit you—and you can just do what you need to do to better yourself. A self-education is all about you, and there is no better investment than investing in yourself.
A self-education can save you money—but it isn’t going to be easy. If you are ready and willing to put in the work, create a goal for yourself and stay focused on that goal so that your dreams come to fruition, it can be the key to changing your life for the better.
Stop waiting for the right information to come your way—and teach yourself, you will be surprised by what you are capable of and surprise by what you can learn when you put your mind to it. Now, you need to make the decision that you can and will educate yourself and take that first step to your new future.