Festival of Personal and Social Growth
19 October 2018 @ 10:30 - 12:30
The educational process you experienced, so far, is likely to be one of the biggest time investments of your life. In fact, the average number of hours spent studying before going to college is approximately 20,000. By age 18, you spent most of your life studying. Well, let’s determine what is you studied. What were the subjects you focused on for twelve years? Those subjects absorbed your energy and attention with the ultimate goal of strengthening your literacy and understanding of the world around you. What you studied constitutes the body of your knowledge and it is intended to help you live a more satisfying, successful, and powerful life. Most likely, you took courses in geography, history, literature, math, science, along with many other subjects. What about you as the subject of study? Yes, what about studying yourself?
How relevant have those 20,000 hours been in helping, guiding, and supporting you in your life? So, I asked most people I met in classrooms and auditoriums to estimate the percentage of those hours they are still remembering and using either daily or occasionally, when needed. The most common answer I heard is about 5%. Therefore, only 1,000 hours are considered to be valuable and useful; the remaining 19,000 hours of formal education are lost. How is that possible? The explanation I hear most often is that education revolves around subject matters and topics that are not related to, or considered relevant in, improving the quality of life of those who receive it. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German writer and statesman, affirmed that “In the end, we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.” Whatever you do not use, you lose; education included.
The ultimate reason why any experience with Self-Science is likely to stay with you for life is because it focuses on the most important discipline you will ever explore, yourself. As absurd as this might sound, you can be the subject of years of study. You can be engaged in studying yourself throughout your life and feel you have not completed the curriculum of your studies. It is not by chance that one of the Harvard Business Review bestsellers contains a collection of readings titled “Managing Oneself.” By the way, it does make sense that studying ourselves should be part of your school curriculum, right? If not, please indicate another discipline that is more important than knowing and managing your own self.