Learning Is Like An Unpaid Part-Time Job For The Rest Of Your Life

Learning is like an unpaid part-time job for the rest of your life. Exercising regularly is like an unpaid part-time job for the rest of your life. Cooking your own meals with healthy ingredients is like an unpaid part-time job for the rest of your life.

If you don’t do these 3 things, then your brain will atrophy, your muscles with atrophy and eventually your body will atrophy long before it should considering the higher life expectancies we have in the 21st century.

The cumulative effect of these 3 unpaid part-time jobs is like compound growth. At first you don’t really see much benefit, but as time progresses, you’ll be able to draw rapid connections between ideas and identify opportunities to deliver value when it’s necessary.

I’m currently taking an international trade paper. The heart of the Ricardian model of trade is comparative advantage – countries will specialise in a good when they have a lower opportunity cost compared to other countries – and thus gains from trade arise through specialisation. (ignoring the effect on income distribution within each country)

Making the jump from countries to individuals and the labour market isn’t that hard – but why is  a university degree structured by way of information silos? Each time we encounter a new idea, that could be developed further by comparison with how other disciplines think about it, nothing happens unless you find out for yourself or go beyond the required readings.

It seems that a lot of high skill employment relies on that sort of additional knowledge that many judged to be of low marginal value while racing towards a perfect GPA, but in the real world actually enables you to perform tasks more efficiently or grasp new ideas faster because you have experience in going beyond the readings.