Self-education: The Ultimate Investment


Education has a higher value than money because education is a transferable phenomenon. The richest men in history had the habit of constant learning. What has made Elon Musk his fortune is his endless curiosity to learn. His biggest investment is not his money but his knowledge. That means if you take away all his money, he still will get to his wealth over time. The smartest and wealthiest people have the habit of constant learning. The best examples are Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Knowledge can grow exponentially because it is transferable for free. Just an online educational course can benefit millions of people.

To better achieve your educational goals, you need to have a direction and a goal. What topics keep you interested? What topics excite you? Finding these topics puts you in a flow state that is very natural to your mind. Meaning that education becomes an enjoyable process for you. Opposed to schooling where you are often forced to learn to pass an exam or get a degree. The flow state is achievable only when a topic resonates with the natural wiring of your brain. What do you want to get from your education? (a better wealth, better health, or better relationship?) Furthermore, learn how to learn. This improves the quality of self-education and makes it faster. In the end, identify your learning style. There are four learning styles: Visual learners, Auditory learners, Kinesthetic learners, and Reading/Writing learners.


Self-education has become a common form of education with the birth of the internet. Everything that you want to learn is accessible with just a click. There are far more options for learning on the internet, such as videos, books, articles, and podcasts. There are many educational websites, such as edx.org and, coursera.org committed to self-education.

Here are a few selected quotes on the importance of education in life:

  • "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Benjamin Franklin

  • "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." Malcolm X

  • "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." Aristotle

  • "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." Albert Einstein

  • "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Kofi Annan

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