Why Should You Embrace Non-Traditional Forms of Education to Further Your Self-Development & Life Goals

So many of us, myself included, have been taught to follow the method of success is only possible when we go to school, get good grades, and work for someone else. I also found that trying to follow this model, left me with a lot of life dissatisfaction, confusion about financial literacy, and huge mounting loans that loomed over my head.


The option of being your own boss, an entrepreneur, or working for yourself has been perpetually seen as an impossible dream only achievable by the idle rich. Now, in the face of an ever unstable economy, the cutting of lower-skill jobs and increasing number of specialized skilled (tech-knowledge based) jobs… Expanding your knowledge base, your circle of friends and acquaintances, and learning new information beyond the classroom is important to your survival. The gig economy is upon us and growing.


I cannot emphasize enough how much I have learned not only from working at-will employment jobs and freelancing, but also the education I have received from engaging in volunteering, meet-ups, attempts to start my own businesses, getting art commissions, and writing letters to people I admire. There are also new apps that pop up every day, and online platforms to learn about coding, how to write, how to structure a business, etc.

Read books. Read blogs. Read magazine articles. Share what you learn with others. Join or start discussions in online forums. Meet people face-to-face in your community and engage in conversation.


Today we live in a world overwhelmed with information. In order to achieve positive changes, we have to know where the answers are. We have to ask the right questions. We have to find the people and things that become a resource of information for us to achieve our goals.

We must have a spirit of curiosity, coupled with gratefulness for the information and help that we receive. One reason I find satisfaction with writing is because I love to share information that I have found helpful for myself with others.

Remember, when you take out time to give back to others, someone might just achieve their next great step, just because you took a moment of your time to share some invaluable information, experience, or advice.



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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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