10 Things I Should Have Learned in School

1. Don’t take NO for an answer
There will always be someone to tell you that you can’t, alternatively there will always be someone to tell you that you can. Persevere! Persistence pays off.
2. College doesn’t guarantee a job will follow
College is overrated. Pursue your passion. If it can be executed without a degree save yourself the headache.
3. Creativity keeps you young
A creative mind is open, malleable, and innovative. Express yourself. Strive for an unapologetic you.
4. Forget societal expectations, follow your heart
If you spend your life pleasing others, you may never please yourself. “Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.”
5. Travel is the key to cultural awareness
Travel out of your comfort zone. Humble yourself. Learn about others and you will inevitably learn about yourself.
6. NEVER stop dreaming
Harriette Thompson, a 92-year old cancer survivor became the oldest woman to finish a marathon. If you want something, make it happen. It’s not too late!
7. The FDA lies
Ketchup is not a vegetable, sugar is toxic and conventional food is killing us.
8. 40 hour work weeks are unacceptable
Take it from Timothy Ferriss, quit your day job, automate your life, and live the 4-hour work week. It IS possible.
9. Formal education is a limited avenue of learning
We put so much pressure on young minds to participate in formal, accredited programs. I’m not belittling the benefits of such education, rather calling to attention that an educated mind isn’t strictly derived from traditional methods of instruction. Abraham Lincoln left school at 12, Walt Disney was a high-school drop-out, Steve Jobs a college drop-out, and the list goes on and on.
10. You won’t enjoy reading until you’re out of school
School certainly encourages reading, however the likelihood of you reading material that interests and inspires you is low. It wasn’t until the system stopped force-feeding me information that I took interest in absorbing it.

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