Note: This is a special contribution from Nischala. More details about her and this post after the big reading!
I have always been an ACADEMIC STAR – Right from Nursery School way up until my Management Degree. Over the years, I gained knowledge on a wide range of subjects, upgraded myself on a variety of skills, accomplished several things (some intended and some unintended) and achieved successes in many dimensions of life, which were / are important to me…
Today, as I step back and ask myself if I learnt the Most Important Lessons of LIFE from the educational institutes I went to… Honestly, the answer is NO.
So, what are those Lessons of Life that NO SCHOOL really TAUGHT ME?
1) How to be a LIFELONG LEARNER?
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
We all learn a lot from the schools we study in. But do they teach us how to be a LIFELONG LEARNER? I figured this on my own and I guess it’s the same for many of you. Continuous focus on learning is VITAL in the journey of life – You have to make it a personal PRIORITY and focus on LEARNING all along the way. Only then, is life exciting, enriching and evolving.
Does any school really teach you this? Probably NOT!
Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES!
2) How to COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY?
“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” — Tony Robbins
Effective Communication can sometimes be the ONE and ONLY thing that can help you in your transition from good and great in anything in life!
And while there is no mantra for you to be the PERFECT COMMUNICATOR, the following definitely help:
i) Be clear on what you want to convey – Most times, the problem stems from here!
ii) Try and gauge you’re audience profile and moderate your communication message and style accordingly
iii) Aim for short and simple messages – They ALWAYS work!
Does any school really teach you this? Probably NOT!
Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES!
3) How to deal with CHANGE?
“The only thing that is constant is change” — François de la Rochefoucauld.
While change is definite and integral to our daily lives, the reality is that most of the times we are all unprepared to deal with change. In most scenarios life teaches you how to deal with change – usually based on experience; many times the hard way. And sometimes we may NEVER accept the change!
And do we learn how to deal with CHANGE at school? Probably NOT!
But had someone taught you ways to identify potential changes and deal with them, would it have made life a lot easier? A re-sounding YES!
4) How to build and nurture RELATIONSHIPS?
“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” — Anthony Robbins
In the journey of life, if there’s one thing which will help you sail through the trying and difficult times; it is the quantity and quality of your relationships – both personal and professional.
The BEST part is that it’s never too late to start – So here and now, you can build new relationships or revive old ones. And then of course, you’ve got to nurture them along the way so that they grow and blossom along the way!
And does any school teach you this? Probably NOT!
Would it help if someone taught us this? Definitely YES!
5) How to manage your PERSONAL FINANCES?
“A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained. It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used to it, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending.” — P. T. Barnum
Personal Financial Management is the most important dimension which will determine the quality of your life today and into the future. Formal education definitely enables you to earn. So who taught you how to manage all that you earn? Who taught you how to invest, when and where to invest / re-invest? Who taught you when to exit from an investment? For most of us, we are learning with each mistake we make.
Does any school teach you this? Probably NOT! And the truth is that the wealthiest people I know figured this by themselves.
Would it have been a boon and blessing if some school had taught this? Definitely YES!
6) How to handle FAILURE?
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
Over the years, I’ve realized the following about failure –
Failures are vital for life,
Failures are definite in life,
Failures are definitely stepping stones….to your chosen destination
Does any school teach us how to define failures, accept failures, deal with failures, and learn from them! Probably NOT!
Would it have been easier to deal with failures if some school had taught us this? Definitely YES!
7) How to deal with LOSS?
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” — Rumi
In the journey of life, we all deal with many kinds of losses in life – Loss of people (temporary and permanent), Financial loss, Loss of jobs, Loss of friends, Loss of peace of mind, Loss of health, Loss of memory, Loss of appetite, Loss of passion, Loss in motivation, Losses in business, Loss in relationships,… And we all find many different ways to deal with these losses.
Some of us take the learning’s from the losses; give it a positive spin and forge ahead wiser. But some of us let the loss take over our life. And then there are some losses which we may NEVER accept or come to terms with.
But did any school teach us how to handle LOSS? – Probably NOT!
Would it have been useful if some school had taught this? Definitely YES!
8) How to THINK?
“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Over the years, what I’ve realized about life is this – How you think about yourself, people and the world is eventually reflected in how your life eventually turns out. And hence, it important to create and fuel positive, powerful and purposeful thoughts! And to keep at bay negative or de-energizing thoughts. Several times many of us are simply not aware when the cause for negativity in our life is due to negative thinking.
Again, did any school teach us how to consciously create positive powerful and purposeful thoughts? Probably NOT! We all come across specific teachers, mentors and guides in our life who make us realize the importance of the RIGHT and POSITIVE THINKING!
Would it have helped if someone taught this? Definitely YES! And the earlier, the BETTER!
9) When and How to say NO?
“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” — Josh Billings
If there’s ONE thing which many of us find hard to say, it’s these 2 simple letters – NO. And try as much as we want, we simply can’t get ourselves to say NO! And when you say YES to everything, life is steered through a course which you don’t necessarily like. Personally, I really felt truly LIBERATED when I started saying NO!
Does any school really teach us how to say NO? NO!
Would it have helped if they did? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
10) How to cultivate and enhance SELF-DISCIPLINE?
“Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear—and doubt. Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.” — H.A. Dorfman
Anyone I know who achieved anything worthwhile in life will vouch that one of the key reasons was due to Self Discipline. And yet self-discipline is a dying virtue today. Sad but true! Along the way, I figured out a way to be self-disciplined about the things that were important to ME!
Schools definitely enforce some level of discipline in our life, but do they really teach us to be self-disciplined for life? Probably NOT!
Would it have helped if they did? Of course YES!
11) When, How and How Much to JUDGE?
“Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.” — Wayne Dyer
If there’s one activity which many of us indulge in on a regular basis – It is that of passing JUDGMENT! We judge everything – People, animals, nature, trees, flowers, food, weather, technology, automobiles, organizations, institutions, governments, policies, movies, books, products, services, blogs,…. and of course OURSELVES!
It’s almost as if passing judgment is a need in life, a part of life and way of life.. And what I’ve realized is that passing JUDGMENT is probably one of the most time consuming and energy draining activities you can indulge in – especially mentally and emotionally! And if you step back and ask yourself “What do you really get after passing JUDGMENT?” Most times NOTHING really!
Does any school teach you if you are qualified to JUDGE? When, How and How Much you should JUDGE? Probably NOT!
Would it have helped if someone taught you this? Of course YES!
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