Feel Overwhelmed by All the Education Choices?

You should be feeling overwhelmed. Without help, it is daunting for anyone trying to decide.

The combination of “who you are”, careers, universities, majors, courses of study, degree programs, funding choices total in the millions. Yes, that’s right, there are millions of alternatives. No wonder it is confusing and difficult to decide. What makes is even harder is the fact that there are few good sources that integrate the various elements of your decision. Buzz TodaySource: Your Future is Calling. In the end you have to weigh all of the information because this journey is about “who you are” and what you do in the future, and not about who I am and what I do. I can be a mentor but I cannot make the choices for you. You must do that.”

The most successful investor in history, Warren Buffett, has advice for you about the best investment you can make. His advice? Invest in yourself. We can tell from all of the Google searchers that millions of you are trying to do that, but the growth in information searches combined with the drop in enrollments is strong evidence that many of you are not finding what you need to make these choices.

You need better, more objective information. You need a road map to make sense of all the information. You need to be motivated to stay the course. You need a vision of the future you desire.

One exercise that is helpful is to envision the future you desire but that needs to be more than a day dream. The vision you create for yourself needs to be positive and concrete. One exercise I recommend is to envision a day in the life of your desired future. This effort needs to be concrete and specific, not some general fairy land fantasy. The vision needs to contain a lot of specifics about what you are actually doing during a typical day in that desired future. Write them do, Reflect on them. Relish them. Make them a part of your desire – a desire that will motivate and sustain you while you face the uncertainty of your choices.

Learning and education is the key to competing in the twenty-first century global economy where ideas are more important than things, where innovation trumps sweat, and where more choices create both complexity and opportunity.

Your future is yours to create. As Warren suggests, GO FOR IT!

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