“The person who stops studying merely because he or she has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what that person’s calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.” – Napoleon Hill
I don’t really need to add anything more to that statement. It pretty much says it all. But, since it is my blog, I should contribute to the discussion.
Our minds, just like anything else, will quickly atrophy if we fail to continually use and exercise it. Without reading books that expand perspectives, challenge complacent knowledge, and introduce new knowledge, we are hopelessly stranded out at sea. Aimlessly waiting for our rickety boat to spring a leak, thus leaving us to be overcome within the waves. Those waves take us wherever they wish us to go. Usually, it’s no where near where we would like to be or where we know we could and should be. Washed up on an island that you were never meant to visit but your displaced ambition took you there. How did you get on that rickety boat in the first place? Because you got your GED, diploma, bachelors degree, Ph.D…. you got something, and then you stopped.
If you’d stayed on that mainland just a while longer you’d have continued to acquire the knowledge to get into a better boat. One that took you to a new island of learning and experience and once that island was established, you’d move onto the next. Never awash, never aloof from your destiny, but always in control of where you were headed.
The greatest mistake of man is believing there to be destination of any endeavor; one that is final and does not require any more of him. Even after death, if you believe there to be “after death,” we will not have acquired all knowledge. Omniscience is a quality attributed to God. I am not so foolish to think I can ever attain a characteristic of God. Even following this life.