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Why you need informal education, too

By MOSES CHIPULU
IT ALWAYS amazes me when I look around. The people who are doing well are usually not the most educated formally.
What I mean is that most people who are doing fine in life are the so-called school drop-outs.
Despite their lack of qualifications, most of them are living better lives than the so-called ‘educated’.
This is in spite of all the name calling they have to endure at the hands of the ‘learned’.
A good example is a list of world billionaires, quite a number of whom are high school, college or university drop-outs.
Yet these are the same people who have acquired astonishing wealth compared to the high-sounding, egoistic graduates.
For this reason, I decided to find out why most graduates are struggling in their lives, save for their string of qualifications.
One thing I discovered is that though the rich guys dropped out of formal education system, they dedicated their time to informal or practical learning.
It is this information that has helped them to achieve more than those who are formally educated.
In other words, informal education is the missing link between theoretical knowledge and practical or real life.
I would like to state that as much as you acquire formal education, don’t forget to obtain informal education, too.
You will be able to do more that way than you would with formal education only.
In case you are wondering what informal education has in store for you, I can assure you that there are numerous benefits.
To start with, informal education helps you to think outside the box. That is to say, it will enable you to explore different possibilities of life.
It has the capacity to enable you to do more than just getting by.
Secondly, it helps you to become an all-rounded personality. This means that you will know more about different areas of life, and not just about academics.
This knowledge will help you to live a balanced and fulfilling life. Is this not the type of life you desire?
Thirdly, it will help you to be creative. With creativity, you’ll be able to score substantial achievements from nothing.
These things will help to make your life and those of others better.
The fourth benefit is that informal education is practical, meaning that while formal education puts more emphasis on acquiring knowledge using theories, informal education arms you with the much needed survival skills to help you succeed under any circumstances anywhere.
Little wonder that the most practically successful people are those with little or no formal education at all.
More importantly, you will live a life which is unlimited in all aspects, and of abundance.
In case you have forgotten, this is the way God intended our lives to be.
On the other hand, without informal education, you’ll pay a heavy price.
To begin with, you’ll be extremely theoretical. This will give real life an opportunity to give you a reality check.
Or like one human resource specialist and employer said of graduates: “They are extremely theoretical and surprisingly impractical.”
It is hard to be creative. This means that you can’t make anything out of nothing. Is it surprising that few graduates make tangible things? Never mind the distinctions on their certificates.
Furthermore, you will live a limited life, where your horizons will be restricted.
You should know that informal education is important in life, just like formal.
As one wise man said, ‘formal education will make you a living. Informal education will make you a fortune’.
The author is a motivational speaker, writer, life coach and entrepreneur. E-mail:m_chipulu@yahoo.com

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