Hearing and Doing

I read about a man in New York City who died at the age of 63 without ever having had a job. He spent his entire adult life in college. He had acquired so many academic degrees that they looked like the alphabet behind his name.

Why did this man spend his entire life in college? When he was a child, a wealthy relative died who had named him as a beneficiary in his will. It stated that he was to be given money enough to support him every year as long as he stayed in school. And it was to be discontinued when he had completed his education.

The man met the terms of the will. But by staying in school indefinitely, he turned a technicality into a steady income for life—something his benefactor never intended. Unfortunately, he spent thousand of hours listening to professors and reading books but never “doing”. He acquired more and more knowledge but didn’t put into practice.

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