Bill Cosby has a story to tell about how he came to have an advanced degree despite dropping out of school . . . twice:).
John C. Maxwell examines Cosby’s story and says this:
“Armed with newfound knowledge Cosby leveraged his talent like never before.”
I see two important elements here:
First, Cosby gained new-found knowledge. I often see people going to school to gain degrees, certification, praise, increased compensation, and promotions, but that’s not what Maxwell says. He talks about “newfound knowledge“, which I take to mean that education gave Cosby knowledge that he did not have before. So Cosby had to actually learn something along the way. Cosby saw learning as a goal in its own right.
Second, Cosby then “leveraged his talent”. Now Bill Cosby had talent in large measures which predated his formal education. In fact, when he returned to school, Cosby was at the top of his comedy game with major awards and a reputation which was driving peak earning potential. So the “talent” referred to here preexisted the “knowledge”.
What is incredibly important is what resulted from what Cosby did by blending his already existing talent with what he learned. Bill Cosby has been able to give in ways far removed and far beyond the enjoyment he has provided to us all over the years. Not only has he made us laugh at our human condition and behaviors, he has also made us think and has improved education in this country.
Okay, your turn . . . how are you “leveraging” your natural talents and your formal education?
Waiting for responses on a crisp and bright Autumn morning in the heartland . . .
Click here to read Maxwell’s complete thoughts on Bill Cosby and education at The Dropout With A Doctorate