Librarian’s are masters of Self Education.
There are two types of education.
The kind you get from a school. This is a guided experience that exposes you to ideas outside your own interests, and it forces you to look at the wider world of knowledge. This is important, because we all need to be challenged if we wish to grow. This is Standardized Education. It is proved by degrees awarded by institutions. Teachers are masters of standardized education.
Then there is the kind you get from pursuing your own interests. This kind of education is harder to prove that you have. It is harder to credit to a specific institution. It is absolutely necessary for us to succeed. It is acquired by trial and error and by consuming information materials. These materials could be a Youtube video, a book or a podcast. Librarians are masters of this other education, self education.
I am not saying we know everything. I am a living testament to the fact that is not true. I am saying that we have been trained, through standardized education, to find materials to best answer people’s questions.
Self Education can save you Money
The word Literacy has two meanings. The first definition most people are familiar with, it is “the ability to read or write.” There is a second meaning though, and it is more broad. It means a “competence or knowledge in certain areas.” Competence and knowledge of money is called Financial Literacy. Sounds fancy right? Let me break down how Financial literacy can help you.
One of my good friends, Jared, taught himself how to manage his money. He did this by reading blogs and books. He did not come from a wealthy family. In fact, of all our friends, he had the most challenges growing up. Yet he was the first to buy a house. He was the first to dig himself out of debt.
I don’t think you appreciate how insane this is. We used to tease Jared for his get rich quick schemes and the things that came out of his mouth. He didn’t have the best track record with jobs either. One day, when we were working together, he showed up with the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki”. That was his first step. At first he acted like this one book had all the keys, but then he read more. He read books from opposing viewpoints. I don’t remember the exact moment, but I do remember the change.
Education is Transformational
I’m not saying he is a totally different person, but self-education was an iron he used to remove some of the wrinkles. Jared gained Financial Literacy through self education. It was hard work, and it was a time investment. He did this before he completed college and before he got a good paying job. He did it by keeping money. He did it by gaining confidence in his own intelligence and by using knowledge as a tool for self advancement. From time to time, he still comes up with some scheme we tease him about. However I can’t deny they seem to make a lot more sense than they used to. I also can’t deny that when I don’t understand something that I’ve read, Jared is one of the first people I ask to help explain it to me.