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WHY I SHOULD LEARN
 
 
I believe there are three reasons why you should learn!
 
First, you owe it to yourself – regardless of whatever career you choose to pursue and move up the value chain in life ($$$), that's the only way you're going to build a better mousetrap so the world could then beat a path to your door. You need all the knowledge, skills, ideas and attitude to succeed in our increasingly challenging world. As Friedman (2005) declared to his daughters “Girls, when I was growing up, my parents used to say to me, ‘Tom, finish your dinner – people in China and India are starving.’ My advice to you is: Girls, finish your homework – people in China and India are starving for your jobs.” (p. 237). Mediocrity is not an option in the 21st century.
       
Second, you owe it to your family – they say blood is thicker than water for a reason – despite all the squabbles; we owe it to our families. With your learning, you can reciprocate the care and sacrifices your families have made for you.
       
Third, you owe it to your community – remember the adage, it takes a village to raise a child – you and I are where we are (and going to be) because of all the help we have gotten (and will continue to get) from our communities. These communities are not just local but also global with the advent of emergent technologies, including the World Wide Web.



 


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