"Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill
There is nothing more useless than an academic. Well, perhaps a few things, but not many.
Even though I am a drug addict, I always blew through school. I
packed my brain with book after book and remembered practically
everything I heard, read or saw. I wrote essays an hour before class and
memorized text books front to back so I could walk out of exams thirty
minutes before everybody else... and yes, even when I was high, though
I'll admit I didn't do quite as well during my falling down drunk phase.
The point is that being obsessed and preoccupied with academics and
whizzing through school got me absolutely nowhere - less than nowhere,
in fact. Relying on my intellect to improve my life and become
successful landed me in detox at the age of 28 - emaciated, broken and
NO, I'm not saying that knowledge is useless. I'm saying that
focusing solely on intellectual pursuits is an empty proposition, for me
anyway. Nothing changed in my life (whether recovering from addiction
or having financial success) until I began to simply do certain
productive and beneficial things day after day - like working hard,
praying, meditating, exercising, writing inventory, helping my family,
working with other alcoholics, speaking to groups, etc.
My success in recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction, my
success in creating a family and a business and whatever else I've done
that is worthy has practically nothing to do with all the shit I've
learned (except what I have taught myself and learned on my own), which
is especially disturbing given the powers that be seem bent on telling
the youth how worthless they are without a college degree and oh by the
way, here's 200k of debt from JP morgan in order to get one... but
neither party cares of course, as the loan is backed by the government
and never to be forgiven in bankruptcy court should you find yourself
unable to get a job in our State/Fed-ruined economy.
It seems to me that perseverance, entrepreneurship and perhaps some
financial IQ are worth considerably more than an overpriced liberal
arts degree, especially for the next generation. But at any rate, it was
through consistent right action that God blessed my life, restored me
to sanity, got me from A to B, cultivated this connection or that
connection, landed me here, landed me there, and now suddenly I can look
down on my life and say,
Holy shit, I've gotten somewhere...