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.

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

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4 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 5 months ago

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

  3. Matthew Bracke 4 months ago

    Hey Mike and Euvie! Thank you so much for bringing up this topic! I’ve been listening to you guys for a while and gain so much from all of your discussions!

    I would like to share how I found my way to my values and how I am applying them in the present to follow my bliss: My schooling experience was as traumatizing and mind numbing as yours and after my degree I realised the real learning had only begun. I stumbled upon Joe Rogan’s podcast where the book the war of art was mentioned by Steven Presfield. I was blown away by the message behind this book: ” Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” I immediately asked myself what i was most afraid of and did it:) fastforward 6 months and I’m now living in Nairobi, Kenya working on awesome socially driven projects with emerging technologies such as 3d printing!

    One project I want to start soon is teaching children in poor rural communities around Nairobi. I have long questioned what the future of education would look like and always believed it should be approached much more practically where the relevance of information becomes clear and information is adopted through experience. After reading Neale Donald Walsh I got real interested in the Steiner education system that values individualality amoungst students and encourages creativity.

    The project I would like to conduct is building a school together with these students from the community and through this process teach them about all the fundamental skills such as math, English, communication skills etc. These subjects wouldn’t go in much depth but I believe that after the students see the result of their work they will have discovered an untouched creative potential within themselves and have ignited their curiosity. I also would want to combine each teaching session with a meditation practice and some kind of physical activity.

    Once again thanks so much for uploading all the awesome content and I would love to hear from you guys. You are always welcome here in the heart of Africa!:) Much love Matt

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