Breaking The Box: Thinking Beyond Academics and Imbibing Self-education (Part Two)

Josiah Nang-Bayi, MD
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Most of us have been coerced by societal conformity to go through this stack-on educational system and come out with good grades, all to the abandonment of our innate talents and potential.

While it is important to have basic arithmetic and language skills, it has become paramount that as young people, we start committing ourselves to a life-long journey of self-education in developing trends and fields not included in our usual educational curriculum

I have seen teachers who have won national best farmer awards; health professionals who have become seasoned entrepreneurs in tech, manufacturing, agribusiness, and computer programming; people with no college degree who have become founders and CEOs of global companies. Personally, I am a medical doctor but have developed myself as a writer focusing on themes of mindset, financial literacy, and living a life of purpose.

Do not allow the viral limiting mindset of society to imprison you in the box of a formalized education and degrees. You must think outside the box, and leverage the unlimited information on the internet and the opportunities thereof to build yourself outside the box of your academic pursuits.

You can develop countless hard and soft skills through self-initiative and education with a little guidance; Skills that have become the pillars of the information age and will stay relevant for at least another century.

Examples of Skills one can build through self-education:

Computer programming

Website development

Android and IOS app building

Prompt engineering

Social media management

Community management

Project management

Content and copywriting



Other talents:



Art and design

Movie acting

Poetry and drama

Most of these talents and skills are things you can dedicate to learning and practicing alongside your formal education and career.

Why is this discourse important?

Every human is created with a unique purpose, a calling that is meant for you and only you to fulfill. However, most of us grow up, boxed into the formal education trap that we never discover or have a real chance to develop our truest potential.

In the end, we may go through life and survive with a good salary from our jobs but we deny ourselves the chance of attaining greatness and deprive the world of the valuable contributions we were meant to make to it.

Break the box, think beyond academics, and build side skills and hustles.

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Josiah Nang-Bayi, MD is a medical doctor by profession, an author, a financial literacy and digital assets enthusiast, an entrepreneur and a growing philanthropist.
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