This series of posts looks at six vital principles for getting the most value out of your education, regardless of how you go about pursuing it.
Principle # 4: Seek constant improvement, not a steady state.
The purpose of education, and of life, is not to “get somewhere”. If a steady state is what you’re seeking, there’s a name for it: death. As a living being you are either growing or dying, and as a human your mind is either growing or shrinking. There are no two ways about it.
If you are seeking security, stability, and stasis in your life, you are bound to be stressed, frustrated, and disappointed. If the question you keep asking yourself is “When is my life going to settle down and get back to normal?”, the answer is “Never”. Accelerating change is a feature of our world, and different is the new normal.
In accord with this observation, education is not a process to prepare you for standing still, education is a process to prepare you for the next part of the process. Where you are today is not where you will be tomorrow, and where you will be tomorrow is not where you are going to stay. Pursue your education as if it is a process of constant and never ending improvement with no end in sight, and you will optimize all aspects of your life experience.
This may sound disheartening for some who are tired of things changing and just want a break. I understand. This happens when we come to associate growth and change with effort or exhaustion. It stops when we decide to associate growth and learning with excitement, passion, and happiness (which is just as easy to do).