By Jean Ricot Dormeus
A while ago I enjoyed an amazing learning moment at a workshop on intelligence and knowledge management. The facilitator placed the highlight on self-learning and emphasized that every bit of knowledge and skill we need to reach a goal is available to us on the Internet. Then he gave us instructions on how to access invaluable resources to address any gap in our professional experience. This eye-opening workshop placed me on a new trajectory as I could follow these instructions to achieve apparently unreachable old dreams. I realize that achieving our goals in due course may just be a piece of knowledge away.
The ability to understand and follow proper instructions opens the treasure trove in life. Instruction appears to offer the bridge to growth, personal development, and professional upliftment. Often, acquiring and following instruction is easier said than done. It’s the reason why one of the best gifts we can offer ourselves is to develop the habit of desiring and pursuing instruction relevant to our vision in life. Sage Solomon said: “Invest in the truth and never sell it – in wisdom, and instruction and understanding.”
Instruction pays back handsomely. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data consistently show that, in terms of dollars, instruction makes sense… The more you learn, the more you earn. Median weekly earnings in 2017 for those with the highest levels of educational attainment—doctoral and professional degrees—were more than triple those with the lowest level, less than a high school diploma. Further, people who engage in self learning have been able to develop big companies, find solutions to protracted vexing problems, and break generational vicious cycles.
Dorothea Dix wrote: “In order to do good, a man must be good; and he will not be good except he has instruction by counsel and by example.” Let’s embrace instruction, it will illuminate our path and take us places.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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