Intellectual education influences the head and values-based education influences the heart. In-fact, education that does not train the heart can be dangerous.
If we want to build character in our office, homes and society, we must achieve a minimum level of moral ethical literacy. Education that builds fundamental traits of character—such as honesty, compassion, courage, persistence and responsibility—is absolutely essential.
We don’t need more academic education; we need more values education. I would stress that a person who is morally educated will be a lot better equipped to move up in life or succeed than a morally bankrupt person with excellent academic qualifications. Character building, teaching of values and ethics come in the formative years because a child is not born with this knowledge.
A study attributed to Harvard University found that when a person gets a job, 85% of the time it is because of their attitude, and only 15% of the time because of how smart they are and how many facts and figures they know. Surprisingly, almost 100% of education budget go to teach facts and figures which account for only 15% of success at work!
We are born with five senses – touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing. But successful people have a sixth sense – commonsense. Common sense is gained in spite of, not necessarily as a result of, education.
How come one person moves forward with one success after another, and yet some are still getting ready? How come one man goes through life crossing one hurdle after another, accomplishing his goals while another struggles and gets nowhere? If the answer to these two questions can become part of the curriculum, it could revolutionize the educational system.
Most people don’t make any attempt to learn new things because they assumed that getting university certificate means being experts in what they do. According to Charles Handy “Those who are always learning are those who can ride the waves of change and who see a changing world as full of opportunities, not damages.
They are the one most likely to be survivors in a time of discontinuity. They are also the enthusiasts and the architects of new ways and forms and ideas. If you want to change, try learning one might say, or more precisely, if you want to be in control of your change, take learning more seriously.”
The highly successful you see in the society still learn, that’s why they are successful. Ayo Arowolo once said, “Most informed millionaires treat learning as a life long venture. They seek knowledge no matter how expensive.”
Are you willing to invest in yourself by learning a new thing today? Remember each one of us is directly or indirectly responsible to what happens in our life.
Culled from Uju Onyechere’s post on Models & Mentors Int’l group on facebook