THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WINNING WITH THE RIGHT EDUCATION
January 22, 2021
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
A few weeks ago, I was privileged to share on the Psychology of winning through education at a conference held in Freetown. It was organised by She Arose Transformational Coaching in partnership with The anti- glossophobia academy. As an edupreneur, I never pass on a great opportunity to share knowledge, the audience mainly young people were positively affected by my talk and so I thought, let me share the highlights with my online community.
Most of us were raised to believe that education is acquired in school or in formal settings, this then results as one of the greatest obstacles to growth and development. As we end up being closed- thinking , biased and prejudiced to experiences, people and opportunities that have the tendency to change the trajectory of our lives. How can we define education? Well according to Wikipedia it is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. While psychology is the study of mind and behavior. It encompasses the biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors that affect how people think, act, and feel.
Education is a basic human right for all and is important for everyone to make the most of their lives. In other words no one is entitled to being educated, it is not a choice reserved for the elite few. Education is available to all, if we have the right attitudes, the desire to take each day as a collection of teachable moments.
WHAT MYTHS DO WE HAVE AROUND EDUCATION?
An educated person is one with titles!
Education is easy to acquire.
Going to school means ones is educated.
Learning is restricted to a certain time in one’s life.
THE FULL VIEW – TYPES OF EDUCATION IN SUMMARY
Formal education or formal learning usually takes place in the premises of the school, where a person may learn basic, academic, or trade skills.
Informal education may be a parent teaching a child how to prepare a meal or ride a bicycle.
People can also get an informal education by reading many books from a library or educational websites.
Non- Formal Education
Non-formal education includes adult basic education, adult literacy education or school equivalency preparation.
In non-formal education, someone (who is not in school) can learn literacy, other basic skills or job skills.
Example : Adult Education or your fitness program.
Their are also many ways to learn and this is why it often comes as a shock to us, as we grow older to discover that people whom we felt were slow learners or incapable of certain skills when removed from their original environment to perhaps a more nurturing one become highly educated, more skilled with advance capabilities.
Just like our five senses, we all have unique ways of absorbing information, acquiring new habits, adopting new values and the list goes on.
HERE ARE SOME TRIED AND TESTED TIPS TO HELP YOU WIN WITH THE RIGHT EDUCATION.
Reprogram your Mind to learn, unlearn and relearn.
Develop a hunger/ desire for learning. i.e.: learning for learning sake.
Become curious like a child, ask questions and make mistakes unashamedly
Discover your learning style.
What’s your SMART goals for your personal life or career in the next 1- 3 years?
Now, what are the right knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits that will take you there?
Keep working on them daily with small consistent actions.
SOME TOOLS THAT WILL HELP YOU WIN WITH THE RIGHT EDUCATION
Gratitude: Taking stock of your achievements as often as you can. Start a gratitude journal.
– I enjoy learning
– I am winning with the right education
– I am capable of being a great student of life
– Education is my way up! Education is my way out! Education is my way through!
-I value my education because it creates a more complete me.
Putting in Good Practice, there is this concept that 10,000 hours of practice can make one an expert in a field — an idea developed by psychologist Anders Ericsson and popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers”
Mentorship: Find yourself the role model that you admire and aspire to become, learn their winning ways. Here are some Mentoring platforms: Mentor X, Cherie Blair and Tony Elumelu.