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The "School of Hard Knocks"

Can one acquire a degree in life's lessons outside of attending the "school of hard knocks"? Many contend that the "school of hard knocks" provides the most valuable and impactful lessons, viewing it as a challenging yet worthwhile education that instills crucial life skills. While attending has its benefits, I believe there are alternative ways that can be just as effective while causing less pain and regrets.

Even Albert Einstein said, "There is only one road to human greatness; through the school of hard knocks." Gifford Pinchot said, "By exposing yourself to risk, you're exposing yourself to heavy-duty learning, which gets you on all levels. It becomes a very emotional experience as well as an intellectual experience. Each time you make a mistake, you learn from the school of hard knocks, which is the best education available." WOW! It is the most effective but not the best way to learn.

I was in my early twenties when my four-year-old daughter and I moved to San Diego, CA. I went to assist my sister after her surgical procedure. My decision was impulsive, and I had not made any contingency plans. My sister and I didn't have a close relationship; I should have seen the red flags, but I was desperate to have a better relationship with her. It was a disaster because she got mad at me and kicked me out. I was scared and had no idea what to do. Here I am in a city where I know no one but her and her friends and had to rely on one of her guy friends to help me out. He was trying to set me up in an apartment where he could store his illegal paraphernalia. I believe in guardian angels because one was watching over me. It was a bad experience, but the School of Hard Knocks educated me. Unfortunately, I am still dealing with the consequences of my decision.

Through my experiences, I have gained valuable insights that provide a unique and beneficial perspective I like to share with you. Incorporating these insights can help us prevent possible regrets. Although I value the wisdom I gained from the challenges and earned a few degrees from the School of Hard Knocks, I want to help you avoid the consequences that can impact your life indefinitely.

Although this is not a comprehensive list, these tips can improve your quality of life and reduce challenges. Through personal experience, I've discovered the value of listening and learning from others. Practicing humility is also crucial. One should avoid assuming they know everything and instead be open to the wisdom gained from others. By being observant, humble, and a good listener, we can learn from the mistakes of others. Walking in wisdom can prevent unnecessary trouble in life. While making mistakes is inevitable, it's best to keep them to a minimum. When we are young we think we know but we lack experience and it is best that we humble ourselves and learn from others' mistakes if possible.

Walk in Wisdom,


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