Are you educated? Usually, when we think of an educated person, we think of one that has gone to college for an extended time and has earned the necessary degrees to back it up. We think of one that can converse on a vast arena of subjects and offer intelligent insights. All of this is good, but none of it proves that a person is educated.
Thomas Edison, the greatest inventor in American history, had only three months of schooling during his entire life. Henry Ford, the man that put wheels under all of us, had less than a sixth-grade education. Could it be that we have misunderstood what education is? The word education is derived from the Latin word “educo” meaning to educe, to draw out, or to develop from within.
The real meaning of education is to pull out of a person their potential. An educated person is not necessarily one who has an abundance of general knowledge. An educated person is one who has developed their abilities and that through them they can acquire what they need and want, without violating others.
An educated person also knows where to get knowledge when needed, and how to use that knowledge for constructive purposes. Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application toward a good end. This is one reason why college degrees are not valued more highly. They represent nothing but a lot of miscellaneous knowledge.
The person who allows life to be their teacher, one that has desire and ambition, one that will keep learning and realize that they don’t know it all, one that will hold a positive attitude and develop people skills and apply themselves daily giving their best, that person becomes an educated person!