There is nothing more valuable than education and knowledge.
The difference between how much money someone might make on a particular job may literally depend on how much schooling someone has even if the field that they studied had little to do with the job.
Shoot, I have been on a couple of job interviews after I got out of the military where I got hired simply because of the answer to a question about hobbies that I had.
That being said, it is always good to have as much knowledge as you possibly can because you never know when you are going to need it.
Some people, though, absolutely love the idea of learning in an academic setting. Such perpetual students rack up degree after degree and learn some interesting lessons along the way that have little to do with their various curricula.
Michael Nicholson, a 75-year-old from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has earned 30 degrees. According to Vice, he has a bachelor’s degree, a pair of associate degrees, 23 master’s degrees, a trio of specialist degrees, and a doctorate degree.
Why would a man amass such a wealth of credentials? Nicholson told ABC News that he simply liked it.
“I just stayed in school and took menial jobs to pay for the education and just made a point of getting more degrees and eventually I retired so that I could go full-time to school,” he said. “It’s stimulation to go to the class, look at the material that’s required and meet the teacher and students.
“It makes life interesting for me. Otherwise, things would be pretty dull.”
When asked to provide some insights from his studies, Nicholson offered up counsel that was more practical than technical, counsel that everyone from freshman to old souls could take to heart. “I get up at 4 a.m., and I walk two miles at that hour,” he said.
“That doesn’t mean everyone has to get up at 4 a.m., but you do have to have some kind of a routine. If you sleep through your morning classes, you’ll be running around trying to make up for lost time.”
He also urged young people to take more pride in their physical appearance, noting, “What I see in the classrooms of today — frankly, I’m embarrassed. Everyone looks sloppy.”
Nicholson believes that people should commit themselves fully to a task once they’d decided upon it. It bothered him to sit in the back row and watch students fiddle away on their laptops, indulging in diversions that had nothing to do with class.