#16. DIY Education: How To Fall Back In Love With Learning

In this episode Cem and Wayne discuss why we’ve fallen out of love with education and what we can do to rekindle our natural curiosity for learning. We discuss why it’s so important to let go of our past schooling shames in order to make the most of this intellectual revolution and how self-education is key in freeing us to learn what we’re passionate about without judgement.

What you’ll hear


02:00 Beginning quote

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ― Isaac Asimov

03:15 Why do we fall out of love with learning post education?

04:50 Schooling doesn’t accommodate for different styles of learning.

09:00 Your learning style is not linear it can change daily.

10:45 Why does education need to be ongoing?

11:55 Why exams are an unnatural part of learning.

13:20 Most people don’t enjoy their jobs so have no energy or reason to continue learning around it.

14:40 Teaching became a way of processing students when the national curriculum came in to play.

16:30 The current education system set our ceiling on learning.

18:50 Educational stereotypes hold you back from future learning.

21:00 Un-labelling yourself gives you the freedom to try again.

23:40 Self talk can be both limiting and advantageous.

24:40 The first step for loving learning is letting go of your educational history.

25:20 Find your why for learning.

28:00 Entrepreneurship forces you to become a self-educator.

29:40 See learning as your own detective story, you’re slowly figuring out your own character.

30:20 Learning doesn’t and shouldn’t always have to be goal orientated.

32:30 Steve Jobs quote:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

35:00 Self-education allows you to delve into who you really are.

36:00 Get your health in order so you have the energy to learn.

38:00 How to find the right medium for learning in the Digital Economy.

39:50 Start really small and take it from there.

40:20 End Quote

“When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.” ― John Taylor Gatto

41:00 Episode Action Steps

1. Let go of shame.

2. Get personal with your education.

3. Find your medium and take small steps to start.

45:00 Episode wrap up.

Book Recommendations

The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World

Recommended Websites


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