An Inspiring Person

For years (and I mean a good number) I worked with someone who had left school when he was 14 - I guess because he simply didn't have time for it. He has had a more profound impact on my life than anyone else, yet no A-levels (as we call them in my part of the world), no degree; no letters after his name. He chose to apply his intelligence more immediately because he always saw life as short and to be seized upon. He challenged me to act on the causes I believed in even if there wasn't some neat/salaried job to apply for.

In then end, after a gap of twenty years he went straight on to do a masters. I remain ambivalent on whether this was a positive move for him. It certainly made him some influential friends, but I wonder if it narrowed his mind.
bornexplorer bornexplorer 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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I like the way you think.

Some of us need the degrees and certification to get anywhere (my case anyway), but I think it's awesome when someone is able to just jump out into the world and do things their own way like that. How do you mean his mind might have been narrowed though?

I had to force myself to stay in High School before I joined the Army. I did it without ever being held back. I hated school because I am ADD/ADHD. I just wanted to work. I eventually got 4 or 5 college courses in before I got out of the Army but none that have made my job easier. To me a degree is just pretty wall paper that says a person sat in a class room & listened to the professors opinion of what the text book authors ment. I lernt to read in elementry school & understand the English language pretty well, so if I actually need to know that I'll read it. Because at the end of the day I know that profs rarely have any actual experience applying or practicing what they teach in the real world.