The Big Self-Education Project

by David · 62 comments

How much can one person learn without going to an institution? Can we be ‘successful’ without academic credentials? Is there a limit to how much one person can learn? These are all questions that have occupied my mind for some time and I’ve decided to explore the answers.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had the belief that academic institutions are overrated and that most people limit their potential by focusing on becoming an expert in just one field.

I’m going to challenge the status quo. I decided to drop out of university to pursue self-education. Over the next few months, or perhaps years, I’m going to teach myself a number of different skills and I’ll share my journey. How much can we learn and how far can we go without an institution or qualifications? That’s just what I’m going to find out!

The Big Self Education Project Poster

Why pursue self-education?

There are a ton of positive reasons to pursue self-education and I could write many books on the subject, but here are three of the most important:

A) There are no more guardians of knowledge. When most people decide to learn something new like a language or how to play an instrument they usually first think about finding a class or getting themselves a tutor.

We’re living in the information age where practically anything we want to know or learn is available at our fingertips. Once upon time the only way to learn how to fix fix your car, program a computer or maybe fix your kitchen sink was to attend a class or get someone to teach you. Those days are behind us. There are no more guardians of knowledge. Information is free, it’s flowing in abundance and it’s up to us to grab as much of it as we want.

Surprisingly, the idea that universities are not as relevant as they once were hasn’t caught on as much as I would like, and I intend to help spread the idea that we can learn anything we want, whenever we want, without signing up for lifelong debt.

James Altucher, Scott H Young and the guys over at Expert Enough are already doing a great job.

B) Learning is a lifelong process. There’s no one-stop solution for learning anything. Institutions promise to teach you everything you’ll need to survive in your chosen field; that’s false, fake, deceiving and downright fraudulent! There will always be more to learn and there isn’t a single source that can teach you everything you need to know.

That’s why I promote the importance of learning how to learn: so you’re ready for any and all challenges that lie ahead. Self-education is a great tool for learning what methods and techniques work for your personality, and once you know how to learn you’re ready to teach yourself ANYTHING.

C) Self-Education is cheap. I don’t have much to add. We all like to save money. Money is one of those things we can never have enough of. The cost of going to university today is ridiculous, and as prices rise so does the incentive to educate ourselves – and let’s not not forget all of those unemployed graduates…

What am I going to learn?

I’ll be teaching myself how to build and design websites, computer programming, how to draw, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

Why have I decided to learn these skills specifically?

Web-design and programming

Computers and the internet is the future of education. I have many ideas for how technology can be used to change the way we educate ourselves and I want to bring these ideas to life; it only makes sense that I become more knowledgeable and skilled in the building of applications and websites.

Learning to draw

I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw. I’ve tried before but I didn’t succeed. I think that’s because I wanted to learn for the wrong reasons. But now I have different reasons: I want another way to communicate my ideas and I want a more personal way of capturing the beauty I see in the world.

Drawing is also one of those skills commonly believed to require talent. I don’t believe in talent and I certainly don’t have talent for drawing. Every artist I’ve met has worked extremely hard at developing their skills. By learning how to draw I’ll demonstrate that with hard work and dedication we can achieve anything.

Spanish, Italian and Japanese

I’m already a student of these languages but I’m including them as part of this project because I’m not going to stop studying them and they’ll continue to take up my time.

Edit: I moved to Spain to improve my Spanish! 

How will I measure success?

Mastery of any skill is a lifelong mission so It’s important to have clear defined goals.

These are my targets:

  • Web design: Design and build an education based website for public use.
  • Computer programming: Publish an application in the Apple appstore.
  • Drawing: Get a stranger to pay me to draw their portrait.
  • Spanish: Pass a C2 examination.
  • Italian: Pass a C2 examination.
  • Japanese: Pass a JLPT 1 examination

Learning is about the journey rather than the destination, so I’m going against conventional wisdom by not setting myself a deadline; it may take one,two, three or more years to hit every target, but we’ll see.

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What do you think about self-education? Is it going to one day replace universities?

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  • Exciting!  Dropping out of university == commitment. I like it.

    One thing: while I agree with your sentiment that a lack of innate, natural skill is not an excuse for being unable to do things, I would stop short of saying “I don’t believe in talent.”

    Talent exists. Genetically, we’re all different. Some are taller, some have longer legs, some have more developed “executive function”, and it would be silly not to think that some people are born with a better ability to see lighting and shapes and the dexterity to easily reproduce them artistically.

    Throughout life, though, the skill developed by practice has much more significance than any talent. In spite of any natural gift had by person A, if he never practices he will always be inferior to person B who spends hours every day honing his skill. 

    For most of us, skill will always be more meaningful than talent. In the end, talent usually only matters for two people: the elite and the lazy. The elite have all practiced for a lifetime, so talent can give one or another an edge. And of course the lazy have never practiced at all, so they can be greatly overshadowed by the tiny bit of perceived skill possessed by those with a “talent”.

    • What I probably should have wrote for clarity is that ‘talent is overrated’. I agree that we’re all naturally inclined to better at some things, but like you said, hard work always wins over time. 

      Thanks for dropping by! 

  • Hey, David!

    Great to see your project take off publicly! Looking forward to hearing more of your progress. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions (as you know, I possess some skill and knowledge in some of the areas you are targeting).

    • Thanks Roman! 

      And yes, I’ll be in touch to pick your brains 😉 

  • Super Green

    Hi David,

    You might want to add English to your list of languages because you an error on this line: “I’m be teaching myself how to build and design websites” 

    • Thanks for correcting the typo, you had one, too ‘you an error on this line’

  • Jack Shone

    Hey David,

    Great ideas, I like your targets a lot! I’m interested in very much the same things as you by the looks of it, apart from I’m more into playing music instead of drawing.I don’t think you can go far wrong getting into programming at the moment to be fair. What coding languages do you use? I’m pretty much a beginner at web design but it seems to be easily picked up if you spend the time putting in the effort :)!Any idea where C1 exams can be taken? I’ve not seen them around. 

    • I’m still deciding which languages to learn but I’m thinking that I’ll focus a lot of my energy on Python. 

      There are different institutions where I live (London) and as far as I’m aware each language exam is taken in a different place, so I could only point you in the right direction if I knew what languages you’re learning?

      What’s your experience with web design so far?

      • Jack Shone

        I’m going to learn Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Italian altogether. 

        My web design experience is really only a lot of html and css on notepad++ when creating a site (which I have now given up on as it was a spur of the moment thing). But you seem to be able to get really far into it really quickly. 

        I’m will eventually get more into it more, but my minds clouded with other things, mainly Spanish right now and its hard to do much else.

        So what are you going to do with the skills you do acquire on your journey? Any big plans?

        • Yes I have a few ideas – stay tuned 😉

        • Hi Jack, I’m Diana a spanish friend of David. If you want to take any official examination of Spanish, the institution is this: http://www.cervantes.es/ it has centers all over the world so search for the nearest for you. I hope I can help hehe.

          • Thanks Diana!

          • Jack Shone

            Thanks Diana, very helpful :), I look forward to it David.

  • I really liked your post… you know that I am a teacher and according to your blog I would be unemployed haha BUT I have to agree with you to a certain point.. As a teacher sometimes (a lot of times) I see myself forced to teach in a way and within a system that it’s useless and that most of the times it makes the students slower. If I didnt have a boss telling me how to do things I would do it completely different.

    Self-learning it’s great but in my opinion it’s not the only thing you need, people may need some guidance through their journey. I’m sure you will ask people that are more experienced in a given field than you at some point. (In fact, you answered above that you will “use their brains” haha) So maybe what we need to change is the whole system. A system based more on new technologies, and self-education but with some tutor, guides or whatever you want to call it.

    I think the human mind needs some frames, not limitations, but frames… as you said, nowadays we have access to all the information in the world and in my opinion most of the people (including me) would get lost in that amount of information.

    • You raised some interesting points Diana and I’ll be addressing guidance in my up and coming posts 😉
      But for the most part I agree with you. The system needs to change!

      Stay tuned 😉

      David

  • Self-education is extremely important to me and something that I think too few people have the patience or willingness to pursue in a serious and sustained fashion. In fact, there are many who are still more or less unaware that it is even possible to attain a wholesome self-education and for such people educational institutes are always the first port of call. However, I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are some subjects for which the resources provided by universities can be extremely valuable. Chemistry and the various engineering disciplines are probably good examples of this: You can learn theoretical chemistry and principles of electronic engineering without any need for a university, but without an appropriate environment to carry out physical projects and experiments, there is the risk of becoming stifled in the subject or at least limited in what you are able to gain experience in.

    Another factor that needs to be considered is career path. The above-cited examples serve: can I become a professional chemist of some kind without a post-graduate degree? I don’t know for certain, but I somehow doubt it. Chemistry, being a science, has a rigor to it that is much more black-and-white than humanities/arts subjects, so having university-accredited proof of knowledge is extremely valuable. Such an argument could likely extend across all the sciences.

    I myself have taken up a course in software development and am currently studying for a single-year diploma to gain the prerequisite skills and help kick-start my career. I already have some experience in computer programming, and I could most certainly learn everything I am learning now, by myself, for free. In fact, my course is actually self-paced! But I have chosen to go for a qualification as proof to a potential employer that I have committed myself to something and seen it through to the end. In many ways this is the most valuable aspect of the qualification. Experience is often most highly valued in the software industry and having credentials won’t even necessarily guarantee a foot in the door. For me it’s being able to show that you not only have experience, but you are also committed and disciplined, and this is something a qualification can add to a CV. It’s not always just about whether or not you could learn the subject on your own.

    Let me just say I am a huge proponent of self-education despite the impression I may have given above. Ultimately I think it comes down to the subject and the industry you want to focus on for your career. There are many examples of highly successful, totally self-learned professionals of many fields, and qualifications are by no means a fixed requirement. I just think they can help in many respects, even if it is just to show that “hey, I stuck this out to the end.”

    Best of luck with your project – I shall count myself as a member from here on out!

    Regards,

    Chris

    • I know many programmers who are successful without having a degree.

      Experience trumps qualifications. Every. Single. Time. –
      Everyone is capable of self-educating, but many are not willing because of the fear that they won’t be able to succeed in life, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

      Universities are woven so tightly into society that those who think against them are quickly thought to be mad, which again couldn’t be further from the truth.

      Lastly, sticking out a degree just to be able to say ‘hey, I stuck this out to the end.’ in my opinion is weak and expensive. Too expensive!

      • I too know programmers who are both self-educated and successful, but it depends on the nature of their job and what part of the industry they are trying to get into. And of course experience is always what will get you higher-level jobs. If you’re applying for a senior software developer position, whether or not you have a degree is irrelevant because the experience you would need for that job BY FAR outstrips anything that would ever be taught in any “programming course”, anywhere. I’m not on that level, I’m starting at the very bottom and trying to crack into an entry-level position in a highly competitive marketplace. The fact that my qualification costs money doesn’t matter if it will give me one leg up — however slight — on those also trying to compete for beginner-level jobs (read: beginner) who may have dabbled in a bit of Java here or a bit of C++ there.

        This is partly what I am trying to stress: getting into a job where I can actually start gaining experience in a genuine development environment. There are very probably people who have managed to do this while having only ever coded from their bedroom. That’s great. Good on them. I also do that in my spare time, and in addition, I am studying in an environment that is preparing me specifically for the kind of work I will face when I get a job as a software developer. If the end result additionally serves as proof that I have some degree of commitment and am able to stick something out to the end, then I just don’t see how that’s a bad thing.

      • One thing I am curious to know, though, is whether people can or should become, say, aeronautical engineers or chemists or nuclear physicists without any qualifications, whatsoever. I still think there is a place for universities when it comes to the hard sciences.

        • I think there’s a need for regulation when human safety is concerned; other that that, I don’t see why they’re ‘essential’.

  • g

    you seem like a pretty cool dude, David. best of luck to you on your journey.

  • One of my favorite bloggers linked to your Project Based Learning post, and I’m so glad I took the time to click on the link. I agree completely with self-education. This idea that so many companies have that it’s all about the degree is ridiculous. I have more life experience than someone twice my age, and I’m always trying to learn new things, too.

    As far as self-education replacing universities, I don’t think that will happen any time soon. A lot of importance is still placed on degrees- bachelors, masters, PhDs, etc, so I don’t think us self-educators will be taking the world by storm right now. I hope self-education builds momentum, though.

    • I believe that education is just about to be flipped upside down, and I assure you self education will build momentum!

  • yes! fantastic! good luck! 😀

  • Communicator

    Hi fantastic article.would like to learn web design and computer programming. Where can I start?

    • That’s a big question and totally depends on what you want to do?

      I’m no expert but I can try to point you in the right direction.

      David

  • Filipe

    How are you financing yourself during this journey?

    • That’s a really good question – I’ll write about it!

      short answer: I do lots of different things, and I don’t have an employer.

  • Khalid

    Did you thinking of knowing your god!
    cause all these things not valuable after death.

    • God?

    • God doesn’t exist !
      and religions are man made to control people with low IQ like you and FYI there is no life after death !
      so please stop spreading your Bedouin ideology all over the internet because we are fed up !

  • KrisWillems

    A university student learns more than just a programming language or web-site design. In fact just learning one programming language probably takes 6 months, 1 hour per week study at a university. All the remaining time is used for teaching other subjects. I could program before entering the university. And most knowledge I need for my job as a software engineer comes from self-study. But this doesn’t mean my university education was useless. At university I learned techniques for acquiring knowledge and the university gave me a very broad general knowledge. I think self-study and university are not mutually exclusive. I think people should do both.

    • There are benefits to going to university, but I know for a fact that I can design something similar and more effective for learning by using experienced people to guide me.

  • John Doe

    I googled ‘self eduction’ as I have been self taught for almost a lifetime however ‘self eduction’ itself is something I have rarely reflected upon. I have always wondered how many people there are like myself, working in international mechatronic engineering (machine control) companies as an engineer like myself, without having completed high school.

    I left high school only a year or two after primary school and knew nothing about chemistry, very little about mathematics (I didn’t even know what trigonometry was) and nothing about physics other than what i could glean from intuition and television. I had a fairly rough childhood which is what contributed to my depart from formal education. I won’t go into too much detail about that but I will say that I was forced by one of my parents to take sleeping pills, sedatives, anti-psychotics and anti-depressants and I spent a year in a mental institution against my will while being perfectly sound in mind (one of my parents essentially had me committed out of spite after refusing to take the medication) and I also had narrowly escaped jail after being involved in an armed home invasion (i ended up mixing with people from broken homes and falling in with criminals and drug users).

    Oddly enough, at interdispersed intervals throughout this timeline I had managed to teach myself C++ programming as well as assembler (starting from when I was about 12 or 13).

    This lead me to a series of contract jobs (through friends) followed be my first permanent job as a programmer. I then worked my way up through jobs, self educating myself in all manner of IT related fields. I had risen to the top of every company I worked in and was seen as a ‘star software engineer’. At a certain point however I found myself surrounded by the likes of electronic engineers and university educated mathematicians and scientists. On the whole, the introduction of such characters did not perturb me. There were many occasions however, primarily in casual conversation, where the focus of the conversation would extend outside the realm of regular programming and into the domain of mathematics and science. For the longest time this terrified me. I later reached a stage where I felt comfortable that while i didn’t know ‘all that’, i was still a very valuable asset of the companies where I worked. Eventually (and possibly motivated by constantly being around electronic engineers and mathematicians) I decided to free myself of this burden and undertook my most intense stint of self eduction. For 2 to 3 years, every morning, most afternoons after work and every weekend (starting from 7:30 in the morning), i taught myself mathematics, chemistry and physics. I went from not knowing what a quadratic equation is through to differential equations, laplace transforms, vector spaces and higher dimensional geometry (linear algebra). I had effectively studied the basis for an engineering degree. I can’t really describe what a fantastic feeling it is to be able to have mathematical conversations in the company i work in today with people with doctorates. It is an amazingly satisfying feeling. It has also opened up my my options for books I can read, such as control theory (a subject that is not normally even taught in IT as it is a mechanical/electronic engineering subject).

    I did try to enroll in University at one point, to study mechatronics but found that none of the University engineering courses were offered part time (i live in Australia) and I was paying a mortgage at the time and unable to study full time. I had also previously tried attending ‘night school’ (an education facility for adults who had not completed high school) but i found that the pace was far too slow for me as I had become quite accustomed to a fast self learning pace.

    I still have the problem today that I cannot do University part time and it is difficult to quit my job and take the time to study since Australia is one of the most expensive countries in the world and the government does not see a ‘privileged’ person such as myself (since I have a lot of money in assets now) as being eligible for monetary study benefits. I do plan to financially free myself at some point so that I can still do this. Until that day though, I continue with my self education. I am currently continuing to study electronic engineering and control theory. As a software engineer, I feel very well accomplished and I have been head hunted by Amazon, Google and Blizzard.

    Is self education better? Well i think that the efficacy of self eduction with respect to its application to a particular field of work is much greater. I say this for the reason that I have been able to see what is really used and what is really needed and study these subjects (often leading me into areas on the fringe of IT such as project management). For me, it is a good path since I want to start my own company at some point and develop my own product. In contrast to ones career path, the world of business and the laws of physics do not discriminate based on formal qualifications. Having said all of that however, if I were able to have the option to study full time, I would prefer to earn a degree. After all, why not kill two birds with one stone? It may not be as efficient as self-education and sure, you’ll learn a lot of useless ‘fluff’ (depending a lot upon the chosen field) but a degree is still really useful. I also think that Christopher Button (in the post above) makes a good point on how a degree is required for various fields such as chemistry or engineering.

    Here are a few points to bear in mind about having a career in a field without a university education (or in my case, without even completing high school):

    * Many companies just assume I have a degree and so after starting a new job (before i have proven myself), i often find myself in a situation where I feel terrified that somebody will ask me about my education background. In companies that I have been working in for long periods, where I have told colleagues about my true background, some of them did not believe me and have actually told me that they thought I was making up stories, which i almost find flattering.

    * Certain jobs such as government jobs require a degree, sometimes its just a degree in anything, could be ‘underwater basket weaving’. I find this excrutiatingly retarded. This is true even if you have worked for world leading companies as a senior software engineer and have over a decade of formal experience.

    * A lot of people will assume that you only know basic programming such as “for loops” and “if, then elses”. Many people will assume that you don’t know the ‘University educated’ subjects such as discrete mathematics, space/time asymptotic complexity analysis etc. I have a family member who is one of these people (he has a degree in IT), even though my mathematical and programming ability far exceeds his.

    * Working overseas is harder (until later in your career, assuming you do well).

    * As a person without a degree, you will always feel like you need to be an order of magnitude better at what you do than the people that you work with who have a degree. Because for you the proof is in the pudding. (this is not necessarily a bad thing)

    Just one last thing. I wanted to be clear that I don’t blame my family or other factors for me not completing high school. In a first world country such as Australia this is always an option. I would rather think that I unfortunately made mistakes. These mistakes did lead me down the path less traveled however and gave me a very strong desire to self educate. The most valuable thing I learned by far is self education itself as it is also a skill that requires learning.

    • Wow! thank you for sharing your story. I found it fascinating and insightful.
      Thanks for taking the time to share with me. You’ve given me a lot to think about out.

  • John Doe

    Just wanted to clarify, when I said ‘basis’ for an engineering degree, I mean the prerequisite knowledge for beginning to study a mechanical or electronic engineering University course and some first and second year subjects. I am not quite at the level of calling myself a electronic engineer but one day =)

  • spanishobsessed

    Inspiring stuff, as always!

    I’m interested that you haven’t set yourself any deadlines for your targets. I love the idea of learning as a journey rather than a destination, but setting yourself a target would surely imply some sort of stop along the way? Besides, many people find it more motivating to give themselves specific timeframes, although it sounds like you’re motivated enough as it is.

    God speed!

    PS If I see you around, I’ll definitely give you a couple of ££ for my portrait!

    • I’m a life-long learner. I do this because I love to learn. I’m all about the process not the destination.

  • We’re also addicted to learning 🙂 May be we should talk!

    • Sure! Send me a message through the contact page and we can arrange something 🙂

      • Thank you. I just sent u a message with my skype/gmail.

  • New blog a wrote about the same topic. Schools a waste of time!

    http://www.levelonenetwork.com/bourbs01/school-education-is-it-worth-it/

  • Guest

    Hugely inspiring stuff, David! Many thanks.

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  • Queena

    I really enjoyed this article. I decided to put on pause on my college education. And now like you I’m embarking on self education. Well written. Good luck on your journey! 🙂

  • Alberto

    Hi David ! I ‘ve recently posted a comment on one of your youtube videos asking you basically how you are going to finance yourself in Madrid along your self-learning path , job situation in Spain and so forth . You wrote you would make a video about it , now I see here that some else asked you practically the same question many months before I did , and you replied saying you would talk about it later on. You still havent done it , so I am under the impresion that you want to skirt this question , is it an awkward topic ? money can’t make you happy , but like it or not we need it to live in our society and often it can make it way easier to accomplish our goals and dreams .

    • I’m definitely not avoiding the topic I’ve just not been that active on the internet as I’m really busy. I’ll certainly get round it it! 😀

      • Alberto

        You’ve been super quick this time , anyway I’ ll trust you 🙂

        • Comments on my blog come through to my email and I just have to respond to the email 😉

  • Jess

    Ultimately, all education is DIY. No-one can learn something for you. Education Institutions sell people on the idea that they will “educate you”, when in reality you are paying them to educate yourself. What you are really paying for is the certification. Good for you for taking the bull by the horns and cutting out the middle-man!

  • I am excited to read about your self education project. Many successful entrepreneurs never get a college degree because they are too impatient to get out there and make their ideas into reality. You obviously know the challenge will be that getting hired is more difficult without a college degree. You will have to work harder to prove yourself.

    I am a computer programmer. I can tell you there is a difference between those programmers who learn one language and teach themselves and the ones who get a full college education. There is a great hubris beginner programmers get that they can build things and therefore think they can do anything. Hubris and laziness are two key programmer traits. However, you will be missing out on some foundation of knowledge if you self-teach. I think it is great to go out there and learn yourself for a while, then when the thirst to tackle bigger projects comes, you will be ready.

    To be well rounded, I suggest you learn 3 very different computer languages and platforms. Don’t learn C++, Perl, and HTML and think that you are well rounded as a programmer. Don’t just learn PC or Apple or Linux. Learn them all well enough to be considered fluent. Just like you said new languages teach you new ideas, computer programming languages and platforms teach new ideas.

    But it may be that what you are is not a computer programmer, but an educator who happens to know computer programming to do the things he wants to do. It is like in the old days when people learned how to use Word processors so they could type up documents themselves, but just because they could type did not make them secretaries. It was just a tool for them to work quicker. It didn’t stop you from using people to type up letters for you as you became too busy an executive to do everything yourself and you needed staff.

    You may become the person who forms a company and hires computer programmers to build what you need. It will only help your interactions with computer programmers if you can speak their language.

  • Nolan

    Love it, I tried college after the military and failed miserably. I decided to go the self education route as well. Today I am and IT manager for a large food distribution company and own a web development company. There is no limit to what someone can do if they want it enough.

  • Marisa

    Hey David,
    Hey everyone,

    David I used the exact same words as you do: education is about to be “flipped” upside down. I am about to start my own education experiment. I just withdrew from college midway through a degree in physics. I’ve decided to finish the rest of the content on my own, using my own mind, books, and online content (there is so much and it’s only increasing!!)

    I want to be “proof-of-concept”, as they say in science, that the internet is about to drastically change the nature of education. The test will be my physics GRE score, and the physics MTEL (which is the test one must take to become licensed to teach a subject in Massachusetts). And finally, can I get a job as a science teacher? Although, let’s be real, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to teach in the traditional setting.

    I also happen to be interested in computer programming. Right now I am starting to learn javascript. Coincidentally, I have an interest in languages too, right now Spanish and Portuguese and am longing to see Barcelona.

    Anyway I love your site. It’s nice to see we have a lot in common. And I’ll link to your site when I have my site up and running.

    Marisa

  • Sophia

    I dropped out of University to do my own self-education; university was holding me back — big time! I’ve learned far more about the subjects that interest me in a much more fun way; for I can never bring myself to do something that’s boring. Although, I used to do self-education in a ad-hoc way, now it’s fairly structured: I just do my time in the subject per day (say an hour in this, two hours in that) without worrying about goals or objectives and eventually, though frustration and self-doubt make a regular appearance, things start to blossom.

  • Mark

    Thank you for your story. It is inspiring. If I can offer some advice on art/drawing. Having a community helps. Much like learning a language, having speaking partners and someone to correct your grammar helps immensely. It goes the same with art. If you have friends that are artist they will push you as well you can push them. Keep Going.

  • Esraa

    Amazing… you have inspired me to do the same, I’ve always wanted to learn by my self but it was so hard that i thought it was impossible but after i stumbled in your blog and reading this i think.. no i know that i can do it
    so thanks for the inspiration and good luck =)

  • Dimple Patel

    That’s really amazing and inspiring step you have taken. Did you make an education based website? Not to track your progress but the idea of yours sounds really good.

  • Trayveon McDaniel

    Very exciting topic. Where the best place to view your progress as of today?

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