No, it is not too late, you can go back and experience the excitement and anticipation you experienced as child at the beginning of the school year – the joy of a fresh start, of learning and hope in the future – whenever you want.
As we step forward into the 21st century one of the wonderful things that is going away is the belief that there is no chance to redo, retool, retry.
The paradigm has shifted.
In response to this shift. we find ourselves asking if we really love what we do, if we love the way we do it and if we need to do it because we used to like to do it or thought we should do it. We wonder if we cannot radically change direction, follow a passion or get back into the game after raising a family; if a university degree is the only measure of our potential – or if the degree we have even serves our potential. We have begun to notice that what we were told to be afraid of is nonsense while what we were told to trust is no longer functional and that the old methodologies do not apply.
Companies and institutions are unwittingly aiding us in asking these questions as they increasingly reduce pay and permanent staffing, while continuing to cling to old models of operation and expectation.
So what is the answer? Simple, cozy up to impermanence and find ways to grow and learn that do not rely on old structures or outmoded social mores.
For Americans this is not news, we have long embraced entrepreneurship and non-traditional approaches to learning and career success. Some of the greatest American successes have been individuals who never finished their education such as Industrialist Henry Ford, oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, astronaut John Glenn, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, author and witticist Mark Twain, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Physicist Albert Einstein and more. But, while the proof has always always been there, acceptance of the possibilities had not quite spread to the rest of the world – until now.
Why now? Because there is no longer a choice in the matter. The old models are not working, traditional safety nets are gone and the evidence is mounting that efforts to keep things the way they always were is destroying what was beautiful about what was, and preventing the emergence of what could be – something healthier and far more sustainable.
America was founded by individuals who did not choose to be defined by the society or class they were born into or to follow the rules. Individuals who were willing to risk all and try and try and try again until they brought their vision of themselves into focus.
Having lived abroad and worked with students of museology in the United States, Europe, Australia and the near and far East for the last several years, I have begun to see an increase in individuals who come into my classroom with eyes dancing and hardly contained excitement about the choices they are beginning to realize they have; individuals who are starting to dream, who want a first, second and third chance at doing what they love. They want to believe that they can paint their own canvas, check their own boxes, change direction, overthrow convention on a whim and experience their lives more fully; and they want to believe that they can do that at any point they choose.
Here’s the good news: They can! We can! You can!
This is where continuing education enters the picture. Today, we have choices. Today we can reach out and get involved with things that not only interest us but create opportunities for us. We can seek information wherever it pleases us and wherever we find the information offered to be of value. We can choose our teachers and our learning circumstances.
Continuing education is just that, a continuation from the starting point we find ourselves in. A possibility expander – a limit buster!
Who Would Benefit From Continuing Education?
Individuals who wish to:
- Learn new skills or improve existing ones
- Enter or re-enter the job market at an unconventional time in life
- Explore a subject of interest
- Meet and study with people from around the world
- Learn an internationally marketable and current trade
Eight Questions To Ask Yourself
- Are you wondering what it would be like to change careers or career goals?
- Do you dream of starting over?
- Do you want to know more about something that interests you?
- Would you like to design your own curriculum?
- Can you let go of what you thought you wanted to pursue for the sake of what you love?
- Are you willing to fail?
- Are you willing to get back up and try again?
- Do you think you can make a difference?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then continuing education might be for you.
It is never too late to start over or to grow and the possibilities are limitless. You are the creator of your story – your joy is your success; and experiencing joy filled success is entirely in your power.
Fifty Highly Successful People Who Never Finished Their Formal Education
- Paul Allen Founder of Microsoft
- Tom Anderson – Founder of MySpace
- Carl Bernstein – Washington Post reporter
- Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records
- Andrew Carnegie – Industrialist
- Winston Churchill – Prime Minister of England
- Grover Cleveland – President of the United States
- Christopher Columbus – Explorer
- Charles Dickens – Author
- George Eastman – Founder of Eastman Kodak
- Larry Ellison – Founder of Oracle
- William Faulkner – Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner
- Enzo Ferrari – Founder of Ferrari
- Carly Fiorina – CEO of Hewlett Packard
- Henry Ford – Founder of Ford Motor Company
- Benjamin Franklin – U.S. Ambassador
- Robert Frost – Poet
- Buckminster Fuller – Futurist and Inventor
- Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft
- Paul Getty – Founder of Getty Oil
- John Glenn – Astronaut; U.S. Senator
- Barry Goldwater – U.S. Senator
- Peter Jackson – Movie director (Lord of the Rings)
- TD Jakes – Pastor
- Peter Jennings – News anchor for ABC
- Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple
- Andrew Johnson – President of the United States
- Ray Kroc – Founder of McDonald’s
- Ralph Lauren – Fashion designer and Entrepreneur
- Doris Lessing – Nobel Prize recipient in Literature
- Abraham Lincoln – President of the United States
- Jack London – Author
- John Major – Prime Minister of England
- Florence – Nightingale Nurse
- Joel Osteen – Pastor
- John D. Rockefeller – Founder of Standard Oil
- Karl Rove – Presidential advisor
- George Bernard – Shaw Playwright
- Li Ka Shing – Wealthiest man in Asia
- Ringo Starr – Beatle
- Quentin Tarantino – Movie director
- Zachary Taylor – President of the United States
- Dave Thomas – Founder of Wendy’s
- Harry Truman – President of the United States
- Ted Turner – Founder of CNN
- Mark Twain – Author
- Leon Uris – Author
- George Washington – President of the United States
- Steve Wozniak – Founder of Apple
- Mark Zuckerberg – Founder of Facebook
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