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How To Live Life With An Affluent Soul

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By Canuck ScriberPublished 10 months ago Updated 10 months ago 6 min read
Top Story - May 2023
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This misdemeanour in all of us is acceptance of what is less than great. How to instill values of the heart is a call to the wild to perspire the graces. Let the graces be the fortune of the soul because we all know what struggle means.

If the struggle is worry then that is what we get, is not an affirmation. It's reality and our senses mean more.

Perhaps wisdom could be well-sought. How many aspire to be rich or famous, how many of us aspire to be successful in our field, how many of us strive to be smart. To learn more, to gain experience, or to meet as many people that walk a different walk.

The more we cram our being with knowledge the less that life seems to be a struggle. The more we come to realize a different purpose for being here.

I swear, some of the happiest people I have met are the "Library Scholars," who have read so many books they have their own personal course of study, indeed enough to qualify their own degrees. Or the newspaper officiandos that are up to date on all news and world events. Who can practically predict political moves or social resurgences based on their daily reading of the news.

Books, television, newspapers and people are all ways of self-learning. You would be surprised what inspires the arts on all levels.

Learn about something you are interested in. Grab a book, take a lesson, talk to someone who already knows how. It's easy.

"Various terms are used to describe self-education. One such is heutagogy, coined in 2000 by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon of Southern Cross University in Australia; others are self-directed learning and self-determined learning. In the heutagogy paradigm, a learner should be at the centre of their own learning.[1] A truly self-determined learning approach also sees the heutagogic learner exploring different approaches to knowledge in order to learn; there is an element of experimentation underpinned by a personal curiosity." Wikipedia

Building futures is what we do every time we teach ourselves or try to learn something new, even if it's repairing a drawer. Brain exercise, beats the heck out of a world of comparisons or what is nearly out of reach for ambition.

Opening a new door to a world we want to live in can start wherever our mind is. Choose your door. It's simple and can give great pleasure. Circumvent all differences by choosing. Be happy.


A List of Autodidactics - Self Learners (Wikipedia)

Ellen Gould White, Adventist writer.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist writer, lecturer, and thinker at the turn of the 20th century

Suzanne Valadon, self-taught artist of Bohemian Paris.

William Blake was an English visionary artist and poet. He was initially educated by his mother prior to his enrollment in drawing classes but never received any formal schooling. Instead, he read widely on subjects of his own choosing.

John Clare was self-taught and rose out of poverty to become an acclaimed poet.

Charles Dickens' formal education stopped when he was fifteen years of age. He was an early supporter of self-education.

Henry Miller was a writer, expatriated in Paris at his flourishing. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and mysticism.

Truman Capote was a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Many of Capote's short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized as literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel". At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories, and plays.

Jack London was a novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize for Literature. The American novelist and short story writer, was primarily self-educated after high school. "... he read for hours at a time in bed", recounted his sister Marcelline. "He read everything around the house—all the books, all the magazines, even the AMA Journals from Dad's office downstairs. Ernie also took out great numbers of books from the public library."

David Bowie, singer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and painter. Only received a few singing lessons in the 1960s (as reported by his former manager, Ken Pitt). As a teenager he took some lessons on saxophone by Ronnie Ross. All other instruments (including piano, keyboards/synths, electric/acoustic guitar, harmonica, koto, limited bass, and percussion), he taught himself. His paintings and sculptures were created (and exhibited) without any formal art school training. He took a few lessons in movement and dance with the Lindsey Kemps Dance company but trained himself in mime.[31][32]

Jimi Hendrix was an influential self-taught electric guitarist and singer-songwriter.[33]

Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist for Nirvana, was self-taught on guitar.

Noel Gallagher, singer, musician, multi-instrumentalist. At the age of thirteen, Noel received six months probation for theft from a corner shop. It was during this period of probation, with little else to do, that Noel first began to teach himself to play a guitar his father had left him, imitating his favourite songs from the radio.

Galileo Galilei, astronomer, engineer, mathematician and physicist. Dropped out of college.

Hermann Grassmann, polymath

Srinivasa Ramanujan was largely self-taught in mathematics. Ramanujan is notable as an autodidact for having developed thousands of new mathematical theorems despite having no formal education in mathematics, contributing substantially to the analytical theory of numbers, elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series.[53]

Vincent J. Schaefer, who discovered the principle of cloud seeding, was schooled to 10th grade when asked by parents to help with family income. He continued his informal education by reading, participation in free lectures by scientists and exploring nature through year-round outdoor activity.

Heinrich Schliemann, German businessman and archeologist.

The list goes on and on - click the heading at the top of the list to see them all. You will be surprised!

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  • Fizzah Fatima9 months ago

  • Heather N King9 months ago

    This article truly resonated with me! It beautifully encapsulates the essence of living a fulfilling life by nourishing our souls. The insightful guidance and heartfelt reminders within these words have inspired me to reflect on my own journey and prioritize the things that truly matter. Thank you for sharing such uplifting wisdom—it's a reminder we all need to hear from time to time.

  • Dana Crandell10 months ago

    A truly inspiring article. Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Zenny wapoxic10 months ago

    Well done!

  • diana kyokusiima10 months ago

    That was an incredible and informative article.

  • Mohammed Darasi10 months ago

    This is a great article. I've always valued self learning, and back in school days most teachers unfortunately just want you to memorise and regurgitate, which wasn't really something I liked doing. I usually aim to understand the topic in general, and then apply logic to the minute details if I don't remember them. University was a little better about self learning, but the curriculum wasn't very engaging sadly... Self learning is definitely something we should all do, and the internet is a treasure trove of information (if you can sift through the bullshit of course)

  • Kari Rappold10 months ago

    Wow. So much information. Your writing is very inspiring. I’d love to learn from you!

  • Babs Iverson10 months ago

    Love all these interesting facts and names of self-educated and famous people. Well done!!! Congratulations on T S too!!!

  • Dana Stewart10 months ago

    Congratulations on a delightful and inspiring Top Story. Never stop learning and exploring.

  • Suze Kay10 months ago

    As I read this, I couldn't help but think of another study - the Karpinski study of MENSA members, which found their rates of depression and mental illness to be almost double the standard. Indeed, many of the names on your list are understood to have struggled with their mental wellness, even as they learned and charted their own courses. I wonder, is happiness not perhaps an unattainable goal for some of those most independent? Is there a solution?

  • JBaz10 months ago

    Congratulations On Top Story. This was is informative and gives all us unlearned folk a belief in ourselves

  • Melissa Ingoldsby10 months ago

    Congratulations 🎉 on your awesome top story!!!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby10 months ago

    I loved your point of education being intrinsically linked to self teaching and learning things by ourselves. Reading and reading & reading!!!

  • Heather Hubler10 months ago

    I enjoyed the article! Congratulations on Top Story :)

  • Mariann Carroll10 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story 🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Loryne Andawey10 months ago

    There is so much value in self learning, to never stop being curious and to always making new discoveries. You only stop learning when you are dead. Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    Interesting article. Congrats on the top story

  • Congratulations on your Excellent Top Story

  • Kalina Bethany10 months ago

    Inspiring me to continue what I’m doing- thanks for the list of self-made creators!

  • When I was attending Yankton College in Yankton, SD, I frequently heard students complaining about the limitations of studying at a small school. My response was always, "You can make of it what you will & get out of it whatever you want." My wife has a philosophy for living that includes the expectation she will learn at least one new thing every day.

  • Renee Fesser10 months ago

    Shared and 🥰

  • Beautiful ❤️😉

  • Mariann Carroll10 months ago

    Enjoyed this very inspiring read ,thank you for sharing.

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