Monday, February 3, 2014

A Different Post-Secondary Education - Learning About Life From Experience

Perhaps in the future, when I finally finish writing my book, it sells big, and I've made a bit of a name for myself, I'll start a school.  It will be a school targeted at young people just out of high school or in the middle of college.  It will be about getting a 'different' education.  Learning to learn for yourself.  Getting and gaining experiences you wouldn't have otherwise considered.  Expanding your horizons to get a better idea of who you truly are and what your potential is.

I don't have it all figured out yet.  I have done curriculums in the past for post-secondary courses, so at least that isn't new to me.  This would be quite a bit different, though.  In this course, you would:

  • Be Challenged to Confront Your Fear - You would need to do an activity to confront a fear you have.  For example:
    • Bungy cord jumping (fear of heights)
    • Public speaking (fear of public speaking)
    • Travel (fear of the unknown)
    • Write 3 letters to famous people you've always wanted to talk to but thought you couldn't  and see if you can get them to respond (fear of intimidation)
    • Read and write a book report on Feel the Fear.. and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers PhD.
  • Learn to Manage Finances and Resources 
    • Play Monopoly with real money!  Discover how much chance/providence has an impact on your financial planning.  Learn to manage your money.
    • Play the 'Trade Up' game.  Start with a paper clip.  In a week see what you can trade that up to using your wits, connections, and integrity.
    • Read and write a book report on The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
    • Read and write a book report on Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Deal with Change 
    • Go on outing with no food or money and asked to accomplish a task that requires both.
    •  Given a sudden weekend trip with little time to pack or prepare for it.  Perhaps a survival camping trip?
    • Thrown into a real world job situation - high stress, people depending on you with expectations changing all the time.  (Waitress/waiter at a restaurant, for example)  How do you adapt?  What did you like and or dislike about it?
    • Read and write a book report on Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • Discover Your World.  Everything is a learning experience.  
    • Organize your own trip to India - required reading on the trip? The book Freedom at Midnight, or
    • Organize a trip to Europe.  Required reading on that trip?  The book The Big Short, or
    • Organize your own trip to the Middle East.  Required reading on that trip?  The Pulitzer Prize winning book 'The Prize'.
  • Consider a Real Career Fit
    • Read and write a book report on What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson
    • Read and write a book report on What Colour is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
    • Organize a working interview with someone in a career you think you'd fit into.
    • Organize a working interview with someone working at your dream job
    • Answer questions like: Do you know what you'd like to do for a career?  Why or why not?  What do you think you would be good at?  Do renumeration or outside pressure influence your current career decisions?
  • Find and Discover Who You Are
    • Start a journal, answering questions like:
      • Do I want to get married?  When?  Why not sooner or later?
      • Do I want to have kids?  When?  Why?
      • What is my current career plan?  What careers seem to interest me?  Why?
      • What would be a dream job of mine?  Why would it be my dream job?
      • What are my education aspirations?  Who was my favorite teacher growing up?  Why?  What was my favorite subject growing up?  Why?
      • Would I like to travel in the future?  Where?  Why there?  How long would I go for?  What would I do while I'm there?
    • Read and do the questionnaire for The Strength Finder by Tim Rath.  Following that answer questions about how you felt about the results of the questionnaire.  Would you consider those your strengths?  Why or why not?
    • Read and write a report on the book How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
    • Read the book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott and do the exercises she gives throughout the book.

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