In 2005, British historian Paul Johnson wrote one of my favorite articles on leadership in Forbes magazine. You can read the whole thing here.
Whenever I encounter discussions on education, one piece of that article always comes to mind:
Courage without judgment is pointless and may be dangerous. What makes a person judge wisely? It is not intelligence, as such. Clever people with enormously high IQs often show scarifyingly bad judgment. Nor is it education. When I need advice, I rarely turn to someone with first-class honors from a top university. I turn to someone who has knocked about the world and cheerfully survived “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”
When you’re going under the knife, do you care more about whether your surgeon had first-class honors from a top university or whether he has performed the operation many times successfully in the past?
Education has its place. But so does “knocking about” in life. Our incessant call for ‘more education’, no matter the cost has a devastating opportunity cost that few people consider. It shelters people from knocking about in life.