Christine Lewis-anderson Bronx, NY, USA
In Chapter 5 of Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill stresses the value of specialized knowledge. He tells us how many of us spend years and years in school just to become generalists; Where as others specialize or focus on a skill and do quite well. This is believable, in my experience. I personally, attended public schools all my life; and today I am doing something totally different from what I studied. I am not saying that my time was wasted, however. I feel that everything we learn over the years is cumulative. On the one hand I feel that I learned so much during my public school years. On the other hand, I have friends who did well by practicing their acquired skills.
Hill also stressed how employees go to work and some never stop learning. In my profession, we were taught customer service on the job. We had in-service on a monthly basis. We were also encouraged to go back to school. The tuition re-imbursement was the motivating factor. Therefore, even if we did not get an instant raise or promotion, we were motivated to grow and expand by means of continuing education.
As a result, many of us have gone on to do bigger and better things by applying knowledge. In other words, if we were laid off from our livelihood (Plan A); we could proceed to another position or self-employment (Plan B). Therefore, specialization is a very good thing in that it allows one to focus on stregnths, rather than weaknesses.
Thank you MFF family for this new opportunity!
Christine A Lewis-Anderson, Bronx, N.Y., USA