The Education of Wealth
I started reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” this morning. Although it begins as a great book with many excellent points, there is one that sticks out to me more than the others: the fact that “Rich Dad” had no formal education beyond the eighth grade, and “Poor Dad” had a university education.
I understand the point the author was trying to make, but it got me thinking in a whole different direction, about how the American education system basically programs us to be slaves to the system.
As I grow older, I am starting to see this point reinforced over and over again. It seems like the richest of people in this country became so by essentially rebelling against formalized education and choosing instead to educate themselves in subjects not taught in school; they choose instead to focus their energy on their mindset and learning the fundamentals of money management by way of making your money work for you instead of doing things the way they were taught in school and even by their own parents. Instead of thinking in ways like, “Let me get a great education so that I can work for a great company,” they think “Let me educate myself so that I can buy or start up my own great company.”
I’m not saying that we should forsake formal education; I’m the last person who wants the world to be inhabited by any more idiots than we’ve already got. But what I am saying is that we need to take on the task of educating ourselves in ways not taught in school and doing the same for our children. I’m saying that this, much more than the standardized “Get a great education, then get a great job” mentality paves the way not only for financial independence, but more importantly, financial freedom.
Of course, we could always adjust our nation’s education system, but I honestly don’t see that happening anytime in the future, especially with education funding usually being the first thing scaled back when cuts are made.
Funny thing: There always seems to be enough money for war but never enough to increase educational resources so that our children can learn to become something more than modern day indentured servants.
So essentially, the burden is left on us. But that’s okay. Let’s all commit to making a conscious decision to educate ourselves and our children on how to become truly productive citizens. Let’s all make a decision to teach our kids how to create jobs instead of just becoming another employee dependent on a company or the government to take care of them, like an infant dependent on mother’s milk.
Or don’t. Call me a fanatic and say I don’t know what I’m talking about while the next generation continues in the tradition of being cogs in the proverbial machine.
It’s your choice. It’s always your choice. It will always be your choice.
Make a change or don’t. Either way you’re making a choice. It really is that simple.
If I’ve offended anyone, I apologize. But I’d prefer for you to be offended and a better equipped person than not offended but still stuck in a prison you weren’t even aware existed.
I know this isn’t the sort of thing I normally blog about, but it’s what’s on my mind right now. I’ll go back to making you feel all warm and fuzzy about yourself next week.
We will definitely talk again…