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#LivingThroughTheHeart: EDUCATION.

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One of the things the society does to us is feed us with certain norms; traditions or customs. The society blackmails us by indoctrinating us into thinking only these norms are the acceptable way of life. Do not get me wrong customs and traditions can not be obliterated or displaced like they are nothing; indeed customs are a mirror of the society that creates them reflecting the collective interests and believes of the people, which over time have become a way of life and accepted usage to them.

What leaves me nonplussed however, is the way the society imposes its way on our being, making us slaves to the principles, opinions, believes and ideologies of a certain group of people, who overtime, form these into laws and rules for the entirety of the people. The law is an important component for the succession of a maintainable, harmonious way of life of a group of people; so as to ensure that our ingrained atrocious attributes are not recklessly exhibited. But then again, regardless of these traditions, should we be compelled and prevented from following our heart’s entreaties in pursuing those goals that are a petition to living an assuaged life? Is it not true that the heart is each individual’s first teacher?

As a result, many of us who have made the wrong choices that have spelt doom in their aftermath are always quick to blame the society we have so scrupulously honoured. We even fault the society for the lack of respect we get, for our inabilities to have a roof over our heads, for becoming mendicants, being unable to feed ourselves, and for not being able to chase our dreams in the way we so design. We blame the society for our own failures and incompetence’s when the one to blame is the person in the mirror, the one who ignored his heart desires and did not follow through.

A classic example is how we have been tricked into believing education alone is the gateway to success. Many of us who desire another thing have been compelled into what the society demands of us. We have a modern world where, especially in third world countries, the craze for formal education has left a major sphere of our societal structures appalling. The sudden rush for school education alone has left other industries to suffer a stunted growth; our manufacturing industries are all dead, man power development is waning, technological advancement is at a frightening squander.

This brings us to the following questions: is formal education the only way to achieving a gratifying and fulfilling life? Is it true that a man who lacks formal education cannot amount to anything meaningful in life? Is education the guaranteed passport to securing a sustainable life? Many have propounded in this particular part of the world that without education, the individual and collective growth and development of any society will be at an alarming peril.

In my recent research and findings of individuals who set the pace when it comes to a satisfying and honouring life with land mark achievements following their trail blazing paths that have left an indelible mark on the face of the earth, and significantly, changing the life of mankind in general, it has been flabbergasting to discover that many of them lack the attainment of formal ivory tower education at the feted acme.

A foremost example is the world’s richest man, chairman Microsoft, which is the world’s largest personal-computer software company, #William Henry “Bill” Gates, an American business magnate, world investor and philanthropist. (Not to bore you with details of his personal life, thereby losing drift of the significance of this message), the richest man in the world is worth a staggering $72.7 billion at present. He has consistently been on the #Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people. In particular, he held the overall richest man on planet earth from 1995 – 2009 a position he only relinquished in 2008 when he was ranked 3rd and in 2011, he was second. What I am rapt by however, is the datum that Bill Gates is a Harvard University drop out! Yes, the legendary entrepreneur whose revolutionary business perspicacity has changed the face of entrepreneurial management is not a conventional graduate. In fact, he abandoned his studentship under the famed Harvard University in other to pursue his dreams – heart desires!

Another classic example is late #Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs who died on October 5, 2011. Also, an American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor, he was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc notable for products such as: IMac, IPhone, IPad, ITunes, and IPod among other gadgets he helped oversee their development. He also co-founded and served as chief executive officer of #Pixar Animations Studio, he later became a member of the board of directors of #Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar. It is worthy of note to say that Steve Jobs founded #NeXT computer after a power struggle in 1985 with Apple Inc. a company he retook control over in 1996 after the Apple platform had failed. He saved a company that was nearing bankruptcy by 1998. Although this computer specialist earned a meagre $1 per annum as the new Apple CEO, a nominal fee halved both for performances and annual meeting attendance; he was still worth $8.3 billion in 2010 before his demise according to #Forbes! This is yet another scholarly dropout of #Reed College.

Furthermore, #Mark Zukerberg; another paramount computer programmer and internet entrepreneur known as one of the five founders of social networking website #Facebook, is the chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook, Inc. Facebook is a social networking website, which in 2012 had registered users of #1billion. He is worth a confounding $16.8 billion and is the youngest billionaire alive. Does it not astonish that Mark also is a #Harvard college dropout.

In Nigeria, the prominent business mogul Sir Kessignton Adebukunola Adebutu who is a prime successful philanthropist, education financier and an elder statesman takes no shame in saying he never attended a university. Though not because he was not privileged to do so or incapable of achieving this, but as a result of his decision to pursue his dream. A decision he has been justified by as he has not just become the corner stone among his peers and society at large, but a much respected personality even among erudite.

On the other side of the spectrum, are those who pursued their goals using education as their underpinning.

Warren Buffett, nicknamed the “sage of Omaha”, a philanthropist and investor is considered as the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of #Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked one of the wealthiest people in the world. This unique individual, a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Columbian Business School, also holds a master of science in economics degree is worth a mouth-watering $53.5 billion. A careful look into his record shows that his desires and expertise over the years has been analysing corporate trends and then staking huge investments against all odds which mostly turn out favourable. Thus his veracious versatility gotten from education helps in achieving his heart desires.

Similarly is #Aliko Dangote, now chairman and CEO Dangote Group; a renowned foremost Nigerian Business industrialist, philanthropist and investor who though is an astute business man, pursued formal education vigorously studying Business Studies. As a child, he had always had business as his core objective. He once said, "I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets [sugar boxes] and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business, even at that time." He studied business from the Al Azhar University, Cairo in Egypt, and thereafter returned to Nigeria to work with his uncle Sanusi Abdulkadir Dantata who subsequently loaned him some money to start his own business when he was only 21.

Donald Trump is one more famous billionaire who acquired formal education. He is an American business man, investor, television personality and author. Donald Trump is the chairman and president of The Trump Organisation – as he renamed Elizabeth Trump & Son after being given control in 1971. He is recognised as one of the best real estate entrepreneurs in the United States and also ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest people with a net worth of $3.2 billion. He is a graduate of the #Fountain University with a B.S at the Wharton school.

From the aforementioned individuals, a peculiar thing traverses among all of them. That single thing is: they have an unquenchable ardour for achieving their heart desires. Regardless of what the society or environment creates to impede them from accomplishing those set goals, no matter the obstacle and difficulty thrown at them, irrespective of the stumbling blocks; they zealously shield their goals from all form of hindrances. Consequently, heedless of their choice of attaining their aspirations: be it through formal education or otherwise, they have become the soul upon which their nations and indeed the world at large are built. They have become a key determinant in the schematics of the society.

It follows therefore that regardless of the society and the ideologies that have become a creed following precepts handed down to generations through societal tenets, we must constantly strive for the fulfilment of the self against all odds. It must be imprinted in our subconscious that the legacy of a life is only obtainable by finding our identity and thus, becoming an influence on those rules that have become dogmatic in application. After all living right is self indulgence, being effortlessly in the things that spur us to happiness, which will never be gotten by toeing the line.

I will love to leave us with these words:
"This is your life and nobody is going to teach you, no book, and no guru.
Learn from yourself, not from books.
It is an endless thing, a fascinating thing, and when you learn about yourself from yourself, out of that learning, Wisdom comes. Then you can live a most extraordinary happy Life. Right?" - Krinshnamurti.

- ADEKANYE ADEYINKA OLAJIDE.