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file0002135280483I am a big fan of Dan Miller. For those that don’t know him, he is a career coach and author. He also has a podcast that I listen to every week. This is a recent post from his 48 Days Blog. I thought you might find it of some interest. More students need to be taught that education is so much more than just formal schooling. 

Do you need a college degree to get ahead today?  That’s one of the hottest topics out there and a continuing question I am being asked.  ( I’m including a new chapter in the revision of 48 Days to the Work You Love titled Yes, I Have an “Education.”)

I love the process of learning and have pursued that in multiple ways.  Yes, I did go to college and have both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.  I completed my doctoral studies but never turned in a dissertation. Instead of creating a document for four old guys to read I wrote a book that a whole lot of people have read – and paid for.  Today I write, speak and coach.  Along the way I’ve owned varied businesses and done everything from painting houses to selling cars.

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So let’s look at some things you can do – right now – to get an education that matters.

Here are Ten Steps to Education – Things you can do this year to open the floodgates of new opportunity, and new wealth.  Companies will want you, you’ll see new things you can do on your own, and your income will start to grow in unexpected ways.

  1. Read (or listen to) at least 12 great books – I have an Amazon.com Prime membership with unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping – and buy books liberally – and encourage you to do the same.  However, if you feel you cannot invest even small dollars in your education then check them out of the library. (See complete list here – Dan’s Reading List)

I know of no way to more quickly change your level of success than to read good books.

Old Classics like

    • Think and Grow Rich
    • The Magic of Thinking Big
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People
    • The Strangest Secret

Timeless Greats

    • Thou Shall Propser
    • A Whole New Mind
    • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
    • The Success Principles

More recent titles

    • Trust Agents
    • Linchpin
    • The Compound Effect
    • The Art of Non-Conformity

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain

2.  Attend 3 or 4 seminars

Chose what you’d like – but go with an open mind.  I attend a lot of seminars each year.  My goal is not to change my life with any ONE seminar, but to learn at least one great idea that I can use.

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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3.  Subscribe to at least two great magazines

You can get any magazine on line if you prefer.  I still enjoy holding the magazine, turning the pages and returning to them again and again. Here are some of my favorites

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”  ~Chinese Proverb

4.  Listen to 3 or 4 informational on-demand radio shows  & read 3 or 4 blogs each week

You may be an audio or print learner.  No right or wrong – just select what works for you.  The free information is priceless.  

5.  Get involved in a community like 48Days.net

 Find a couple where you can identify with the group – then get involved.  Contribute, ask questions and give advice.  You’ll find your center of influence will grow rapidly.  

6.  Work on improving your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to use and manage your emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.  Your skill in this area will allow you to form healthier relationships, achieve greater success at work, and lead a more fulfilling life. 

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”  ~Chinese Proverb

7.  Acquire at least one new skill this year

Each year I select an area of interest – having nothing to do with business or making money.  Purely for the “education.”  Imagine that.

    • Photography
    • Martial arts
    • Astronomy
    • Our Spiritual heritage
    • Learn a new language
    • Take the Drawing from the right side of the brain class.
    • Start a book discussion  or Mastermind group
    • Get a vocational degree in something you can use immediately

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.”  ~Henry Ford

8.  Become comfortable with your presentation skills

No matter what your career or business you must be comfortable presenting your ideas.  It will do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem.  You will find it easier to complete a sales transaction, have conversations with family and friends, and find success in your career. 

9. Take 2 or 3 courses in areas of interest.  

You don’t have to be “accepted” or lock in thousands of dollars in tuition.   Just explore the many courses that can give you marketable skills on sites like:

These sites have thousands of professional video courses covering almost every topic imaginable. And you can access to all courses on the site for a small monthly fee or a small fee for the individual course.  Many of these courses have certificates of completion to show adequate preparation for work in that area. More and more employers are accepting these certificates as proof of training. 

10.  Plan two trips this year

Many people think they cannot afford to travel.  Joanne and I have continued to travel even through our toughest times financially.  I’ve been treating her to Christmastime in Chicago for over 20 years now.  Direct flights from Nashville used to be $69 round trip (a little more now).  And few people travel on business the week of Christmas so 4-star hotels are cheap and easy to get.  Typically I have used PriceLine to put in my bid of about $79 a night.  But just do something that excites you.  Be creative.  Joanne and I often go downtown Nashville and just pretend we’re tourists.  We walk through the classic cathedrals, over the unique pedestrian bridges, and visit the art displays.  

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I’m sure you could probably add more examples of experiences in your life that have helped you get an “education.”  With today’s technology you can listen to your smart phone while cleaning the house or driving your car.

So where do you think I got my “education?”  If I depended on my academic degrees, would I really be qualified to write, speak and coach?

What life experiences have been part of your “education?”

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Video: Chicago History Teacher Paul Horton on Common Core and Corporate Collusion

We are cross-posting this piece from Christel Swasey of Common Core: Education Without Representation. Common Core is a perfect example of crony-capitalism. Common Core is the final marriage between education companies and our government. 

Today, Alisa and I spoke with Chicago History teacher Paul Horton about Common Core and his group, Citizens Against Corporate Collusion.  A few highlights:

1.  What’s wrong with high stakes testing?

2.  How does Common Core turn teacher artisans into teacher widgets?

3.  Dept. of Ed Secretary Arne Duncan graduated from the high school where Horton teaches; what does Horton say about Sec. Duncan?

4.  Why does Pearson Company stand to face legal trouble?

5.  What does Horton see Bill Gates doing Common Core pushing for?

6.  Why are Democrats and Republicans increasingly seeing eye to eye on the need to stop common core?

Here’s the segment.


Filed under National Standards (Common Core)

This is Why We Are Against Common Core Standards

by Gretchen Logue of Missouri Education Watchdog

Is this scenario coming soon to a kindergarten class in your school district?  Teachers are mandated to teach developmentally inappropriate standards, assessments and curricula to district students.  What do you think will happen?  Will endlessly assessing students in kindergarten make them more ready for the global workforce or will they dissolve in tears and view school as something to avoid at all costs?

THIS is what teachers, parents, school board members and legislators need to understand about Common Core standards.  When students implode, there is nothing your school can do.  Schools can’t subtract from the standards and they must use the copyrighted material.

This is not what education should be.  But this is what it is becoming unless we stop the implementation of the standards in our states.

From the NY Post:

Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” 

Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.

“For the most part, it’s way over their heads,” a Brooklyn teacher said. “It’s too much for them. They’re babies!”

In a kindergarten class in Red Hook, Brooklyn, three children broke down and sobbed on separate days last week, another teacher told The Post.

When one girl cried, “I can’t do it,” classmates rubbed her back, telling her, “That’s OK.”

“This is causing a lot of anxiety,” the teacher said. “Kindergarten should be happy and playful. It should be art and dancing and singing and learning how to take turns. Instead, it’s frustrating and disheartening.”

The city has adopted national standards called the Common Core, which dramatically raise the bar on what kids in grades K through 12 should know. 

Read more here. This is the same story, just set in a different school, published about a kindergartner in Chicago who sobbed “I’m just no good at kindergarten”.

If you are in Missouri, call your Senator and ask him/her to support Senate Bill 210:

This act prohibits the State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards for public schools developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative or any other statewide education standards without the approval of the General Assembly.


Filed under National Standards (Common Core)