By Kim Timothy
“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune”.
I came across this quote one day and it stopped me in my tracks. It was one of those “light bulb” moments that resonated to my core. While I completely understood and loved the actual meaning of this phrase, for me it dug a little deeper.
I did all the right “things”. I worked hard in high school and finished with decent grades. I had a passion and with it came an urgent need to pursue a career. So with text books in hand I followed my dreams and committed myself for four long years. The reward was a pristine white piece of paper encased in a plastic folder that announced to the world my new (and very official) calling in life. I was a post secondary graduate with a ton of knowledge in Visual Communications.
It’s been 15 years since that moment in time and looking back over my career, I do agree that having this specialised secondary education did open a door or two in my profession. But it is everything I’ve learned since that has brought me the most success and the greatest rewards.
When I saw the quote I was inspired to stop and acknowledge the “wealth” I had gained while on my entrepreneurial path. I began to write the ideas down in a list and quickly saw how rich in life I had become through the things I had learned along the way…
I invite you to explore your own path and create a list that defines your self-taught wealth.
What are the lessons that resonate with your own experiences?
Kim Timothy is owner and creative director of Boutique By Design.
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