I have to admit, when asking this question, I was truly curious about what response would come out of his mouth. I wasn’t even sure how I would have answered that. What’s the most important part of an education? I don’t know. That you listen to it? That it’s sound? That you don’t take it for granted? Where or who you get that education from?
Instead, he gave an answer (two really) that probably would not have occurred to me but made perfect sense.
1- Be drawn and hungry for it.
Oh. How simple. WANT the education. Always keep that hunger for knowledge. You don’t always have to be surrounded by the best educators. You can often be self-taught. But you have to have that desire, that yearning to learn more. Even Tommy Rodriguez from our WORK Folks interview discussed how he slowly learned over years of practice the best techniques when creating his beautiful guitars and ukuleles.
There are always new techniques out there. There are always different ways to express an idea. Different ways to accomplish a set goal. But you have to want to learn and practice in order for it to pay off.
2 - Surrounding yourself with good people with good habits.
These people can help shape your own habits. For better or for worse, the people you surround yourself with can have a significant effect on the kind of life you live and the work you do. The people around you can inspire you, nurture a desire to never stop learning, spark a need to never stop trying to be better, or they can just as easily reinforce any and every bad behavior out there. If the people in your life are lazy and uninspired, it’s easy to follow suit. If you cultivate relationships with hard-working individuals with an aptitude for setting goals and achieving them, you are likely to be driven to do the same.
So what's the most important part of an education to you?