Ask any 24-30 year old Australian what they think of the new working world they have just entered as a driven, ‘contributing member of society’ and they’ll confidently and proudly tell you:
The real world – the world that we spend 75% of our lives roaming around in – is nothing like the world they prepare us for in school.
That 75% – let’s call it the adult world – is vastly removed from what we are taught to believe in the first 25%, and what a shame that initial quarter of life is the most important in determining and solidifying our thinking patterns.
It may sound like a bold claim – and to many it will be – but it is for this reason that as far as modern education is concerned, the environment of life created in a traditional schooling environment creates far more problems for the people that come out the other side of it than it does solve them.
For a large majority, this may come as an uncomfortably rude awakening but let’s look at what’s really going on in the modern, traditional schooling environment:
We are required to study for exams that only test our ability to memorise as opposed to exercise our inner, subjective creativity.
We are required to compete against each other instead of creating value for each other.
We are required to rehearse and regurgitate ‘what to think’ as opposed to being encouraged to learn ‘how to think’.
We are required to ‘do well’ so we can get a job, the product of which is the result of fuelling someone else’s lifestyle instead of our own.
We then finish our 13 years of schooling in this manner only to discover that to achieve impacting and significant results for ourselves and others, we must:
Be able to think on the spot to creatively compose solutions to problems.
Be able to create value for those around us in order to actually have something worth selling.
Be able to think laterally and creatively about new paths forward that help us to stand out in an ever-crowded market.
Be able to build a lifestyle for ourselves and our family that is extremely difficult to achieve via the route of employment.
How can we be expected to add as much value to a world that we aren’t educated to enter? That’s metaphorically saying we should learn English for 13 years only to be required to speak Chinese for the next 75.
And to some extent this would be acceptable – perhaps it has been acceptable up until now in economic conditions that have allowed for it – but in a modern world where things are changing so rapidly, with swift adaptation an undeniable prerequisite for success and fulfilment, this lack of true education simply won’t be enough to help us get the most of ourselves and our lives moving forward.
It’s a broken system and the unique brilliance laying within the majority of us that are forced through it is being broken as a result.
Why dance around that fact any longer?
Darcy J Smyth is the lead trainer of the Tonal Persuasion Method for Sales, the methodology designed to ensure you are closing sales without the need for the dreaded ‘Hard Sell’ that turns so many buyers away in the modern business landscape.