When I got out of high school, I went directly to the Army. I didn’t go to college because the school paradigm didn’t excite me. Don’t get me wrong. My learning things was paramount in my development, but the teacher schooling many students at once lacked that personal attention.
When I graduated high school, I learned way more in the real world. I learned every NATO aircraft, as well as Warsaw Pact aircraft of that time. We didn’t have YF23s in the ’80s.
When I went into sales, had to learn all of my products. I knew I had to, but I wanted to. I learned the mechanics of sales like open ended questions, and the reflective close. even taught people how to sale because my employers said that I carried “too much useless information”. I hated school, but I loved to learn things. Can you say dichotomy?
I’ve learned that experience teaches you way more effectively than school can. School gives you the basic mechanics with majorly useless things that you wouldn’t use unless it was for your profession.
Example. My son is an engineer, and he can lap me in Calculus. I know astrological theory, and Greek mythology. I could lap him in that. I never needed Calculus, Trigonometry, or Algebra. I don’t use them today, so why cram, and stress for a test for something you would never use?
I think that I’m intelligent. I know the Russian word for something(chtonibud), but don’t ask me what 356.8 to the fourth power is.
I want success with my books, but it’s not the finish line, it’s the gold bar on a stick tied to your head just out of reach of your hands. Although you know you can never reach it, you have to keep trying. The journey s tiring, however, fun.