Friday, November 18, 2016

Where Will Your Dreams Lead You? / Happenings In The Outhouse 18-Nov-2016

In the cafeteria of the local high school, the following words are displayed at the front, right above the outside windows:

Where Will
Your Dreams
Lead You?
Surrounding this are various college pendants.
Monday night, as I sat through the football awards night (my son is a senior and thankfully was in his last year of football), I looked up at those words, surrounding by those pendants, and was curious why one's dream always has to go through a college?

So many great minds, innovators, entrepreneurs, artists never got their start in college.  Much of our working class--the ones holding up our economy, from our farmers and mechanics to office workers and waitresses--do not require a piece of paper, hung on a wall, proving that they did what they were told (from two to four or five or more years) while raking up tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

All one needs is a curiosity and a drive to work.

Despite what our media portraits, everyone wants to work, to do something, to make a difference.  Even if it's to put a meal on the table for their family.

Where will your dreams lead you?

Now, I have no problem with education--even education beyond high school.  One should always strive to learn more.  But one can learn so much from watching free videos, taking free courses, or even paying to take a course on a specific topic.  Udemy, Masterclass, and Khan Academy are only three such resources--there are so many more!

So much can be learned from watching a handful of YouTube videos.  Or an online interactive course.

One does not need to spend several thousands of dollars a year, raking up debt that could (and will) hinder one from achieving success.

Again, let me ask you: where will your dreams lead you?  What do you want to achieve?  Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?

Then, hopefully, alongside the college pendants are the names of YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, entrepreneurship, www. (enter name) .com, creativity, self-publishing.  The avenues of where your dreams should lead you are infinite.


And achieve.

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