A self-taught person is a person who learns new knowledge through his or her own means; this means that he does not seek to learn through traditional or conventional means, such as a school, institute, or university. The self-taught can use multiple resources in his learning process; among the most prominent are: experimentation, books, blogs, podcasts, videos, trial and error processes, etc.

Self-taught is being a student and teacher at the same time

Without the presence of third parties (teachers or professors) and outside of formal education, the self-taught seeks to train himself. A self-taught person acts as a “student and teacher” simultaneously since he constantly interacts in both roles. The self-taught person seeks information and investigates to make his learning effective, resorts to technical texts, direct observation, attends conferences, uses the Internet, or any other favorable method that provides information and knowledge on a specific topic. On the other hand, the self-taught person shares his knowledge with other individuals, teaching other people the new knowledge or skills acquired (reinforcing and internalizing what he has learnt).

Entrepreneurship and self-learning

Self-taught people are said to be better entrepreneurs under their ability to “self-educate” or acquire different knowledge in certain areas. Many CEOs and founders of large companies have as a «common factor» that they did not finish a university degree; among the best-known cases, we have Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Steve Jobs (Apple), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Richard Branson (Virgin), Michael Dell (Dell Computer) among others. Likewise, these CEOs and founders have the habit of being great readers and constantly learning. For example, the average consumption of specialized information by a CEO is 52 books a year (1 book a week).

Internet a great tool for self-taught

Previously, to learn about a subject, the person faced greater difficulties, either due to great distances, the lack of material, or the lack of resources to get information; They had to go to public libraries, interview people with relevant or technical knowledge, or go to the scene to collect information. However, with the advent of the Internet and social media, the process became faster, more convenient, and more practical, which caused the amount of information and knowledge to increase exponentially, to the point that some consider that in the future, “formal or traditional” education could disappear to give way to a generalized self-taught system, due to the ease that the Internet and social media currently offer to inform and learn different skills and abilities.

Skills developed by self-taught entrepreneurs

There are many benefits that a self-taught entrepreneur develops, among the most outstanding are: being updated in his field, detecting new business opportunities, having a greater perspective for the future, identifying trends, improving his decision-making process, leveraging the knowledge and experience of others, generating new ideas, having greater discipline, being aware that there is always something to learn or improve, among others.

Learning is an infinite process

Perhaps the main ability that self-taught people have is to understand that learning is an infinite process (which has no end), so you always have to be constantly learning; unfortunately, this concept is little understood or practiced by some people trained in the traditional education system, where it is believed that by obtaining a degree, career or professional degree, the learning process will come to an end.

What do you think about this topic? Do you consider yourself a self-taught person?

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