One of the greatest pitfalls to progression is the belief that those who spend more time in tertiary institutions are more highly educated. Tertiary degrees supply students with nothing more than miscellaneous knowledge.
Education goes much deeper than knowledge. The educated man is not the man who simply possesses general knowledge. He is the man who knows where to get knowledge from when he needs it, and who can organise and put knowledge to work. He is someone who can acquire whatever he wants without disabling others. These are the men and women who create empires and build vast wealth.
Professors, on the other hand, teach knowledge instead of the organisation and use of knowledge. Consequently their wages and responsibilities are less sought after. That is not to say that life is about money but it does highlight the need for men and businesses to master the art of delegation, management, and leadership in place of general book-smarts.
A quote from multi-billionaire Henry Ford when he was placed on trial accused of being ‘ignorant’ after dropping out of school at the age of 15 and going on to build a vast empire.
“Let me remind you that I have a row of electric buttons in my office. All I have to do is press one of them to call the person who can answer any question on any subject I wish to know, relative to the business at hand. I take care of the business, they take care of the questions. Now would you be so good as to explain why, just to answer you questions, I should have a brain stuffed with general culture, when I am surrounded by employees who can supply any information I might want to know?”