You’re Not Educated until You Can Make People Better

The best way to produce wholly functional, wholly capable of enhancing life, people is to challenge them to take on real responsibilities that will help them realize how little their education matters if it can’t be translated into creating value and solving problems.

Cliche appeals to helping people become “good citizens” or “well-rounded people” or “lovers of knowledge” breeds nothing more than a spirit of entitled intellectual elitism when we artificially insulate students from the real-world pressure of having to demonstrate the relevance of what they know.

Knowledge is good, but you can’t expect other people to reward you and respect you for your knowledge if you aren’t willing to use your knowledge as a tool to serve them.

The purpose of being educated isn’t to make you feel better than other people. The purpose of being educated is to make yourself better at making other people better.

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TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He’s the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.

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