FTP009: The Future of Education: How To Find Your Life’s Work

Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova talk about the importance of self-education and how creating your own curriculum can help you make a career based on your core values and passions in this episode of the Future Thinkers Podcast.
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A common life script that we’re all familiar with, and that many of us followed, is to go to university or college to study something we’re interested in, graduate with a degree, and then step out to the real world expecting the perfect job to be there waiting for us. That’s what our teachers and parents taught us, because that’s how it was in their time. But let’s face it, the system doesn’t really work that way anymore.

Schools are pumping out graduates at a much faster rate than the jobs that fit those degrees are being created. In fact, with automation, many jobs are actually disappearing. On top of that, more and more employees are looking for experience and “fit” rather than a degree when hiring new employees. Then add on the debt that is created through student loans, and getting a college or university degree becomes even less reasonable.

Fortunately, universities and colleges aren’t the only places where people can get an “education”. More people are now looking into different venues where they can consume knowledge and learn new skill sets independently. These people end up creating job opportunities for themselves by becoming entrepreneurs or freelancers, and not depending on any system to hand these opportunities to them.

In this episode, Mike and I talk about the future of learning and why it’s something everyone should be doing without the help of formal education institutions. We also discuss the importance of finding your core values and how knowing these can help you make a career out of the things you are passionate about. We also talk about how you can create your own curriculum and get the motivation to accomplish your goals.

In this episode of The Future Thinkers Podcast

  • Why the school system does not match today’s job market
  • Mike and Euvie’s formal education stories
  • Why self-education is the solution to the fear of uncertainty in a career
  • How to figure out what you’re passionate about and the values behind that
  • Creating your own curriculum and career path
  • The 3 pillars of education
  • How to get motivated to achieve your goals

Mentions & Resources

Question of the day:

What would you do if you had a billion dollars? What is that one thing you would do if money wasn’t an issue? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

Recommended Books:

Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

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3 Comments
  1. Jon 3 years ago

    Thank you for making this podcast. All of the content was very insightful. It was the kick in the pants that I needed to start actively seeking what it is in life that I truly want to do I will give you a little bit of background about myself. I am a 22 year old who is lost in the sea of life and is desperate to carve out my own existence. I just want to make a difference. The problem is that I have no idea as to what I want to do. . I feel as if I am nothing but a robot that was left empty and unimaginitive from years of trying to follow a script. I want to change the world, I just do not know how, or what I want to do. I dont know what my passions are anymore. What kind of advice could you share with someone that wants to break the mold, but has no direction in life? Maybe It isn’t that I have no passion. I just feel like I want the world. I want to write, create art, develope technology, ANYTHING but to be the robot that I have been so far in life. All of it just seems so far out of reach. I am not asking for a script, or a hand out. Honestly I do not expect this to even be read. If there are any books that you could think of, or anything that I could use to kindle this dying ember, it would be greatly appreciated. You both are truly inspirational, and I wish you the best of luck on your endeavors.

    • Euvie Ivanova 3 years ago

      Hi, and thank you for coming out and being open about this. I can relate to what you’re saying, I felt very lost when I was in my early 20s too.

      I can’t really say if you can find your passion through a book, because that’s not how I found mine. The books in the resources section of this post are more about building a business around your passion once you’ve found it.

      But here are a couple of articles that can help you:

      1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-hassler/life-passion_b_4414037.html (TL;DR – take your biggest suffering/challenge, turn it around, and you’ve got your passion)

      2. http://idealistcareers.org/a-simple-equation-that-can-help-you-discover-your-passion/ (TL;DR – your passion isn’t something for you to discover, it has to be cultivated and exercised like a muscle by following this equation: (curiosity + engagement) x time = passion)

      I strongly resonate with both of these articles. Check them out!

  2. Bruce Weaver 1 month ago

    Heres a new school for you. https://www.1440.org pretty cool!

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