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Lifelong Students

8 robinsons mentorships learning continued education

I’ve read from ancient scholars that one should not rely on public education solely, but rather have good teachers at home and in life. On these things one should spend liberally. I must say that I agree wholeheartedly and this passage is further proof that at the root of all things, there is nothing new under the sun. I’ve consistently surrounded myself with those that were smarter than me. I purposely stayed in school until I had reached an MBA level, accepting the risk of high student loans and potentially not working in my field of study. However I strategically aligned my field of study with my existing work and I stuck with it through organizational changes and good leadership and bad leadership and countless mistakes as well as triumphs. I was and remain appreciative of all the lessons I’ve learned. I grew up in what could only be described as a modern day village. Where uncles and aunts and parents and cousins and siblings all taught us real life. Things no school could teach. How to not fear the night. We had chores that involved walking for long distances with only moonlight to guide. We learned how to hunt and skin our kill and prep the meats. My father’s uncle taught us martial arts and self control all at the same time… we now call him uncle too. But I did not really learn how to defend myself until I was picked on and bullied by others. As I grew older, there were key people in my life that taught me things. Everyone making contributions based on their unique skill sets. This continues to this day. I surround myself with greatness and absorb everything I can. Then without warnings, life separates you and gives you new individuals to tap into. I would fight the change in my younger days, but now I’m better at rolling with the punches. I love that my education continues to span outside of the classroom. I constantly tell those around me to treat my sons the same. I let Jett sit through my father’s many sermons that occur in the living room, driveway and the church (lol!). For in those sermons are years of wisdom that I do not have. Jett will have to learn to take what he needs from those moments in time. I teach him to read to absorb to learn and to study what he is interested in. We have visited museums and art galleries and zoos even once making a trip to Alcatraz. I pray that his learning continues for as long as mine. Im confident that learning attracts greatness. I pray that finance is not a hindrance to his learning as it was to mine. Also that he discovers the endless amount of free learning available via technology and strategically placed mentors. …one should not rely on public education solely, but rather have good teachers at home and in life…