1. Self-educate yourself. Have you been watching those around you to learn and grow? If we don’t read at least two great books a month to help us get better we are falling behind.
2. Think for yourself. Do you think you are educated or just trained? Start thinking about the quality of your thinking.
3. Choose a vocation not a job. Vocational training has been increasing for one century at the expense of classical education as our society experiences a literary death. It is easier to give birth than to raise the dead.
4. Restore yourself. Restoration of liberty is dependent on our literary survival. Don’t just survive, thrive.
5. Design your life. Vocational training focuses on earning a living; classical education focuses on preparation for life. You can design your life.
6. Be a voracious learner. The most effective way to learn is through self-discovery. What we don’t know is probably hurting us.
7. Be a leader. Historical leadership is the teacher of life as it solves the conflicts we have in our lives. Leaders change the course of history.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)