Whether you’re in your twenties, thirties, forties, or older, you’ve undoubtedly heard the resounding phrase “You missed the train,” or as we say in our colloquial language, “It’s over for you!” I’m not here to tell you that the train hasn’t left yet, that the journey hasn’t begun, and that you can still catch it and surpass its passengers. Not at all.
But what does it mean to miss the train?
Did you not care for the train? Who told you that you had to board it in the first place? And how can you be sure that it’s the only train and that there won’t be another, possibly faster one? Why set a specific age for obtaining a degree, resuming education, learning a new skill or field, and even in other matters like marriage, childbearing, traveling, and settling down? Tell me, why do you care about the train?
Do you know what’s really important? Without complicating things… It’s realizing your destination. Where do you want to go? What is the message you carry? What impact do you want to leave behind? Then it doesn’t matter if you ride a train, a plane, take a bus, invent a new machine for travel, or even decide to go on foot! What’s important is your pursuit, and the arrangement is a divine matter.
In these articles, my friend, we will talk more about productivity, skill development, personality development, learning, and of course, books, with a touch of scientific and practical steps. So, get ready to set your goals, choose your tools, start acting, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey! Even if you still believe that you’ve missed the train, remember that what can’t be completely achieved shouldn’t be completely abandoned!
In this insanely fast-paced world, the first of its kind since the creation, amidst these knowledge and technological advancements, where on one hand, the world is buzzing with advanced AI systems, modern technology, scientific research, and space exploration, and on the other hand, there’s lamentation over a single lesson in a school that hasn’t been destroyed yet! Here, education transforms from being a right to a battle you wake up every morning to fight for, economically, socially, and even politically! This article is for those who don’t know how to start their learning journey, whether self-driven or institutional.
Where do I start?
I’m not a proponent of linking degrees strictly with knowledge and expertise. Nowadays, companies like Google and Apple hire based on experience, even if the candidates don’t have a university degree. This was impossible in the past. I’m not claiming that degrees aren’t needed; some fields like medicine and law require formal qualifications. So, the first thing to consider is the degree! It will undoubtedly help you a lot! Your plan is: high school diploma, then if you get it, move to college (Bachelor’s degree).
I’m not here to convince you of the importance of English, but to facilitate your learning journey and ensure you have better job opportunities in the future, you definitely need to learn it. We will provide a separate article about learning languages in general and specifically about English resources.
Skills and Readings
Have you heard of Sherlock Holmes? The greatest analytical detective, even if a fictional character. It’s said he knew nothing about the solar system simply because his cases didn’t revolve around the sun! But when you talk to him about sciences, chemistry, psychology, forensic medicine, and crimes, you’ll find him unparalleled.
This isn’t a call to isolation but to prioritize. Even in learning, you can waste time learning things that might not serve you currently or “ever.” And that’s okay, but don’t get lost in it!! Always ask yourself, what’s the one thing I need to learn and do right now at this stage? What will make it easier for me to reach my goal faster? Read and acquire skills that help you achieve your goal.
Finally… A little technology can work wonders!
Technology has advanced so much that we now use tools like Chat GPT, HeyGen, looka
, Jasper, and many others, which are very useful if they serve your current journey. As a student, it’s crucial to learn how to use technology effectively, even if it’s just searching on Google. There are many tricks to make your Google searches more fruitful. Watch more videos on new AI technologies, try Slides GPT instead of learning PowerPoint, or be curious about mobile apps and how you can use them to your advantage.
- Obtain a College degree.
- with proficiency.
- Learn the English language.
- Read and learn new skills that align with your goal.
- Never neglect technology.
Rahaf Al-Ibrahim – Volunteer at the Student Activities Team