Education Matters For The Self Employed


Hello everyone San here,

“I learned something new today”, is what I want to say each and every day.  Why?  Because education matters no matter what you are doing. Now I bet you are thinking I am talking about formal education in the classic sense like finishing High School, get your diploma and go on to do the same in college.  NO, I am not talking about any kind of formal training at all.

I am talking about having a trained mind, a mind that is keen on the certain subject that interests you the most.  Knowing as much as you can and becoming an expert at anything makes you an educated person.

That is right, college degrees do you no good if you cannot put it to practical use. After saying that, I encourage you to stay in school if you are in school, train your mind the best you can.

“To become a successful person you must be a person of action.  Merely to “know” is not sufficient.  It is necessary to “know” and “to do”. ”                                                                                                                                Napoleon Hill

Mr. Hill is a hero of mine, I have read most of his works and use them in my life to attain the best personal achievement possible.  I have reviews of two of his books on my site here the links to those pages are here The Law of Success and Think and Grow Rich.  Both books are outstanding for training your mind to be successful.

My educational background

Many of my colleagues and friends have asked me about my educational background and how is it that I feel comfortable being self-employed when I don’t hold any special training degrees or certificates to show that I belong.  My answer to them is a simple one.

I base my life and decisions on what I have read about others doing and I do my best to emulate the path they walked to become successful.  Now I know that I cannot walk the same path, but I can use their life experiences and apply them to mine.

I have attended college and have had some success in the fields of Mathematics, History and Writing.  I can make excuses for not finishing and getting my degree but it is all they would be, excuses.

I was young, not really interested in college (other than the girls), and I procrastinated myself out of the opportunity to finish.  I could go back now and finish but I am not sure if it is what is best for me at this time.  There you have it my formal education was a wash, I didn’t finish.  Sound familiar to anyone?


So how can I claim to know what I say I know?  Because I have lived, I have experienced many things and I want to share tmy knowledge with the world.

Being self-taught is perhaps the best education

I read many things and I want to relate to you a biography I read about a man who had great success, he is one of my personal hero’s and I admire him for his success only not his personal views on anything else.

I have read his biography many times, because I have learned is new information becomes available all the time and things change over time, you change over time and so does your point of view.  If you want to know what I mean, pick up a current history textbook, see if the events listed there are the same as you remember them.

My hero was born on a farm and only knew hard work.  He taught himself many things by doing them over and over again.  An example of this is he learned how to rebuild watches by taking them apart and putting them back together repeatedly until he could do it without thinking. This made him very popular with his school friends and in the neighboring farms.

He grew up learning various occupations like running and repairing steam propelled farm machinery.  He did not wish to stay on the farm and went out into the world to find his own success.

He worked at various positions, went to college to learn some book keeping and even came back to the farm, but did not work there because he did not want to work for anyone, just himself.

He was even terminated from his first job, I do not know why, but being terminated did not put him down and out, no it made him resolve to work for himself and not give others the reigns over his fate.

He created one of the largest corporations in the country and left a legacy for his family that will live on well into the future.  This man was a self-educated man that learned from his experience and by “doing”.   I have read many things about him, some I do not like,  we are not here to discuss what is not liked about a man.

What it is that I wish to convey to you is this man, is much like you and me, taught himself how to build a business and how to rebuild that same business when the competition almost put him out of business.  He never quit, he never gave in and he stayed consistent throughout his life.

Three heroes of well defined goals

Thomas Edison, Ecologist Burroughs and Henry Ford

Love him or hate him the man is none other than Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor company.

There are many other examples of self-taught success stories

Abraham Lincoln overcame many failures in business to reach the pinnacle of President of the United States;
Thomas Edison found over a thousand ways not to make a light bulb;
Albert Einstein suffered setbacks because of his ethnic and religious background that kept him out of teaching for a major part of his life;

Success comes in small measures and is always the best part of life

Lincoln At Gettysburg

Theodore Roosevelt was a home schooled sickly boy with asthma, he overcame his illness to become the President of the United States;
These are just a few men that I know you have heard of and there are so many, many more throughout history.

The value of self-education has become so predominate these days it has forced colleges to offer credit for what they call “Life Experience”.  You can take tests and if you can pass the tests, colleges will give you credit for those classes, you will have to pay for it of course, but it will save you some time if you want to get your degree.

The power of making decisions and sticking to them

While Henry Ford is not the only one to have built a major corporation from scratch and be self-taught in how to do it.   While Henry Ford’s legacy will live on for what seems forever it is his other qualities that I admire about him most.

He is a great example of what sticking to your decisions and following through with them will do for you.

He was stubborn about changing his mind and many disliked him because of it, but it was his stubbornness that created his success and it is what I want to convey to you.  Do not be afraid to make a decision, be afraid to change that decision because things get difficult.

When problems arise within your life and in the world of being self-employed, and they always do, a lot of people just quit.  That gets you nowhere in life.  Quitters never win and winners never quit.  When things start to make me a little nervous I remember a movie line from Sister Act 2.

In the movie Whoopi Goldberg plays a Las Vegas performer that is posing as a nun in a parochial school and she has become the choir director for that school.

She is talking to the students in her class at a singing competition when the students see their competition and decide they want to quit because they are not good enough to beat the other school.
What Whoopi says to them will stick in my mind for the rest of my days.
She tells the students in no uncertain terms, yes, the other school is good and will be difficult to beat, but if you run away every time things get difficult or scary you will be running for the rest of your life.  I have finally lived long enough to know she is absolutely right.

Education doesn’t matter as much as learning, they are different

You have the ability within you to do whatever it is you desire most.
We all have the ability, most of us never bother to even try to discover how great we really can be.  As Americans we are provided with the most ardent of opportunities.
Whatever situation that we were born to or live we can change it if it is our desire.  So many people in the world do not think they haven’t any opportunities to be successful and many Americans are among those who believe in the fable of no opportunities.

We truly live in the land of opportunity

I have been out in the world beyond our borders, there is a reason that so much of the rest of the world wants to come to the United States.  Because they know if they can get here opportunity is abundant and hard work coupled with desire is all you need to become successful.

Almost all of the people that I am talking about do not have much more than a sixth grade education, but they know one thing about themselves, they are willing to learn whatever they can to make their lives better.

It is exactly the same for you.  Your education level does not matter.
If there is something that you desire to learn how to do you have but to find the way to get someone to show you how to do the thing you desire.
With today’s technology it is more real than it was in Henry Ford’s day.
YouTube has a video for everything you can think of.   I know I have tried to not find things there, it is nearly impossible.  Information is at your fingertips, use it.

Think about what it is that you desire most

What is it that you desire most in this world?  Do you know?  Put some thought into it, write it down, reason it out and then put it into action.  You can do that, many people have and what one person can do another person can do.

You have the gift to create your well defined goal

There Is Only One You, Find Out What Your Gift Is

Summing it all up

The title of this article asks a question.  I have done my best to answer that question.  The simple truth is that anyone and everyone can be self-employed and the education that you have or are able to get will suffice.

Being self-employed is an education.

You will have to learn many new things and I am here to help guide you to learning them, advise you so you can find that niche in life you were meant to have.  Everyone has gifts, everyone has one something they do better than anyone else.  Trick is, training your mind to find it.

I would love it if you would leave me a comment and tell me if you think I am right about this or wrong.  Either way, I look forward to reading what you have to say and learning from you how I can be of better service to you.


I am always at your service,






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