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70. Apprenticeship is
another word for education.
Everyone wants to be an expert now, so they take a few
courses, they get some certifications and they expect to earn top
Everyone wants a new job and a new career that will yield a raise
in three months, or they're ready to move on to another new job and
another new career.
Everyone's willing to plop down thousands of dollars to get on
the fast track to the career du jour, but few are willing to
make their own choices and hunker down for the long haul. They've
never heard of apprenticeship.
- An apprentice selects a career carefully, because it will take
years to qualify for it. There's no fast track.
- An apprentice works beside a master, and learns by watching
the master work.
- An apprentice pays for his education with hard work and his
dividend is new skills. Every delay in getting promoted hones
more perfect skills.
- An apprentice is gratified to be paid in experience. There are
no big bucks in the short run. He works hard for the opportunity
to make mistakes and learn from them.
- An apprentice reads and reads and reads everything on his
master's bookshelf, on his own time. His reward is answers to
some questions about his work, and more good questions to ask
- An apprentice learns from the ground up, starting with the
basics and ending with mastery of his trade.
- An apprentice calls the shots and commands a good living after
he has devoted himself to his craft. Then he's a master, and
it's his turn to teach those who would apprentice with him.
Ask the best people in your field how they learned what they
know. Most apprenticed with a master, and they paid for their
education with long hours, patience and hard work. Then they paid
again by becoming masters to new apprentices.
Apprenticeship is another word for education, and it implies both
learning and teaching. It's the one sure path to
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