School Yourself

I came across an interesting statistic on reading from Around 42% of college students will never read another book after their graduation. Why so many of them are giving up reading after college? Most of them assume that education happens only in school and hence they give up reading after graduation. In the book Steal Like an Artist – Austin Kleon writes

School is one thing. Education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s always your job to get yourself an education.

You have to be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else – that’s how you’ll get ahead.

Google everything, I mean everything. Google your dreams, Google your problems. Don’t ask a question before you Google it. You’ll either find the answer or you’ll come up with a better question.

Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.

Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.

Don’t worry about doing research. Just search.

Education is a life long activity and it should not end after college. With MOOC we can educate ourselves about anything at anytime. Want to learn human psychology go here. Want to learn about basic physics go here. Want to learn about genetics go here. Want to learn about effective thinking go here. Want to learn about model thinking go here. You need not pay a dime for taking these courses. It is free.

All we need to do is allocate an hour or two every day towards our education. In one speech Charlie Munger told that

Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It’s not something you do just to advance in life. As a corollary to that proposition which is very important, it means that you are hooked for lifetime learning. And without lifetime learning, you people are not going to do very well. You are not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You’re going to advance in life by what you learn after you leave here.

12 thoughts on “School Yourself

  1. I always liked Twain’s quote: “I never let my schooling interfere with my education”🙂

  2. Hi Jana,

    Big fan of your articles and blogs.

    You had mentioned sometime back that you attended a Value Investing course at Stanford. That online course is no longer available.

    Do you know of any other Value Investing courses available online?


  3. Thanks for the input links!

    Also for articles on probability, trees, correlation… I still haven’t read the other ones like cosines and logarithms.

    Do you have any book suggestions on application of mathematics in computer science?

  4. hi,

    Thanks for the reply. i do know about the safalniveshak course.

    i was looking for an Online value investing course. Pl do let me know if you come across any.

    thanks a ton.

  5. Hi Jana,

    Thank you for introducing me to Massive open online course. I have been taking courses from and courseera for free and it has been very useful. Now, I am taking a couse on model thinking in courseera and it is good –

    The quality of threads in your blog is very good. Though I do not comment much, I value this blog very much. Thanks for sharing your learning.


  6. Thanks for the post, It would be tough to learn things by ourselves, which is where books come in, and once hooked to reading, it simply is exercise for the brain day in and out and as exercise can be of real help in navigating our lives.

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