24 Mar Should We Invest in Our Future
I was asked the other day the following question:
“With all that money you are spending on your education (100k+ investment), is buying all of this knowledge and information that will likely be useless a short time down the road worthwhile when fighting obsolescence?”
I thought this was a very interesting question and this is how I responded:
“I believe the more education you have the better, and I am not talking in terms of career or financial gain. Sometimes your best investment will yield a zero dollar return, in terms of financial gains. The education we are gaining and growing from is invaluable as leaders. You cannot put a price tag on the knowledge base that we are expanding on. Our minds and our free will are what set the true leaders from the followers. If you are gaining knowledge for power and or for greed, what is the point? I am striving to get a PhD, and hopefully in the next year or two I will begin that phase of my life. From my perspective, this investment is very worthwhile and for many others the same may hold true for you.
The fact is I went from a very successful military soldier (Sergeant-E5), to a government worker with over 13 years of service with no education at all as a GS12 with the Department of Labor. Now, in only five years time I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Masters Degree in Human Resources and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership this May. This knowledge has transformed my life! I am a completely different person. I am wiser and see the world differently. I know what it takes to use my international experiences in a way that helps shape me as a leader, to help others grow and succeed equally.
Having a PhD will only enhance this baseline, which I have discovered thanks to education. Yes, I just got a new job making very good money recently, I own my own business, I am writing books that I hope will change lives, and all those things will help my career down the road with the titles and so forth. However, I am not motivated by money in itself. I am driven to maximize my gifts from God, to help others who do not have the same opportunities, as those who do. If I can help millions of people grow and I did not have a penny to my name I would do it. We are all blessed in our own way. However, how will we use our gifts in society both locally and globally?
The fact is, we all have our own hopes and goals. Some things go our way, and other things do not. Never lose hope and never give up.”
“In every challenge comes an opportunity to grow.” -Michael Bluemling Jr.