have you ever heard the quote about degrees and certifications that goes, “a bachelor’s degree means you are trainable for 4 years, a masters 5-6, and a PhD 8.” in relationship to someone having a piece of paper with little regards to actually doing something, or knowing how to do it?
are college degrees and certifications important? sure, it gives a standardization of knowledge and how to do something. what It does not guarantee is if someone is talented at applying that skill to the market. as I type, there is another odd quote people used to throw around when I was younger with athletics, “those that do, play. those that aren’t good at playing, coach or teach.”
I think you only get that if you have a natural god given talent something comes easily to you. call it a talent. I have yet to see anyone get to the top levels of anything that did not put in a great deal of time and effort to grow each day. I have seen a lot of people fall off the map because they didn’t put in the time as an athlete to grow. face it, it really is a fairly narrow sliver of people that can compete at the top level of anything.
how many people do you know that are amazing at a skill, yet, can’t explain how they do it?
for most and/or the “coach/teacher” I found they have a stranger understanding of not so much how to play a position or do something, but of how you take the overall team or player and while they can’t do the same skill, they know how to make the adjustments to improve the player.
how many people know great teachers/coaches that can explain “why?” you do something, yet, they themselves have either never tried, or can’t really do the skill?
some analogies might be a 500 lb. doctor that smokes two packs a day and drinks a fifth of whiskey each day explaining to a patient why they need to lose weight, stop smoking, and not drink alcohol. while have met a few elderly people that smoked and drank quite a bit and lived a long life, I think that is the anomaly and not the rule. think of Ozzy Osbourne or Keith Richards, they have to be genetic mutations and medical abnormalities to have survived the damage they did with the rock and roll lifestyle.
I guess I am writing this, as I have problems in societies where a degree appears to have the weight of gold, versus actual real-world experience. the smartest guy I know might have just gone back to get a GED so his mom would be proud. the man surpassed his father with the number of patents to his name. absolutely brilliant – yet – emotionally, he is a freak show with a bit of arrested development. I know many people like this. this is what happens when you take one talent and exploit it while ignoring the weakness.
my feeling is that this is what we have done to weaken the social fabric of the USA. our system stresses specialization when as humans, it might be better to be good at a little of each – generalists. even the old desert monks say the same thing. “better to have a bit of all the virtues than to excel at one.” the reason is that if you are great at one, you can easily fall into the land of pride/ego and believing you are something special. when you put all the perks of power and the accolades in place with it – it is no wonder the folks at the top really don’t have a clue what the average person is doing or lives like.
so my path in life today is almost running full circle with the way of the material world and the seemingly futile path to walk out every aspect of life as the same person – be it personal, business, spiritual and/or leisure. it has been my experience that too much of life these days is everyone pretending to stare out at the activity on the stage, where a team of costumes, makeup, lighting, sound, sfx and other support teams make something looks amazing in the confines of a theater.
what I am not seeing more people who understand how all the elements of that stage really come together…the writers, directors, riggers, carpenters, marketing, promotion, bookkeeping, stage managers, props, consumers, performers, local and traveling crew, etc.…to make that moment of illusion happen.
what I am seeing more is people talking about things and not really having any clue how something works together, yet, requiring a degree to be taken seriously.
maybe that is simply something unseen in the skunkworks labs of the world. the number of ideas, concepts, prototypes, and failures (you will have a lot of these. Even with the brightest engineers helping) are what goes into making a new “reality” possible.
so for every young mind out there that has a dream. go for it. I don’t know too many folks that have been successful on their first attempt, or if it did come easy for them – they kept going and came up to some experiences that threw roadblocks and obstacles in the path that they had to overcome.
many quit at that stage. my advice to grow in happiness is to keep going and keep trying. you might have to spend your weekend in libraries reading books and studying, going over a process, trying, repeating and making the process to a place of memory, like muscle memory in fitness, or going out to ask lots of question to people who are afraid to share knowledge – lest you compete with them. you will also run into a lot of people that want to make zillions of dollars and do nothing. it is part of the process.
if you keep going through the steps, you will learn, grow, and over time accumulate a wealth of knowledge that is experiential. It is why I am a proponent of lifetime mandatory learning. most times I am seeing people get a degree, get a job, done.
I think I have spent more time with online courses and learning about things that simply I have an interest in understanding. it doesn’t mean I have to be an expert at it, but rather, for example, my interest in complex systems has me looking at the higher levels of mathematics and scratching my head – yet – I only need to understand the concept or theory of how it works and the fascination of it all.
it is like my interest in string theory or quantum mechanics. I sat with a man that had a few Ph.D.’s that worked with Richard Feynman in the labs. when you hear a man with that much-specialized skill say, “I would love to learn more about string theory, but for me to get up to speed with the mathematics of today, I would have to study for 5-10 years.”
this is the beauty of life. and with this ramble, I am going to take all we have been working within four projects and bring them together into one space. yes, I have tried the collaboration idea, I have done gobs of pro-bono, tried to help others realize their dreams in a world where there is a giant disconnect between the idea, the builders, and the bridge between the two where form and function match.
yeah, a part of me is sad, as I simply don’t see many people spending more time working on the internal self these days. life in the western world seems far more external in nature, and with the number of products, choices, and the reduced barriers to entry for many experiences, and the future of augmented and virtual experiences …you never really have to look inside.
and with that – it just has me realize we are will continue the trend to medicate the symptoms and not the issues in life. c’est Lavie.
it is like writing this blog stuff – I guarantee someone will read one line out of it all and have their idea and opinion about it all. that is fine with me, I just wish more of us would spend time talking about the differences and trying to come up with a plan to grow and make this better…to actually do, not just talk. have a great day! like this blog, if you keep writing, just by shear numbers, somethign good will come out even if i disagree that you can give a monkey a typewriter and a million keystrokes and they will come up with some brilliant writing.