In this blogging world very few of us have attended prestigious English or writing schools. Most of us are self taught trying to find our own way. That is the world of the Autodidact. A world of continuous self learning on the road to mastery. The world today is the autodidacts paradise and successful autodidacts are all around us. However I feel we have entered a new era due to the internet. You can learn so many skills just over the internet from social media to blogging. Even those notorious online universities are great value for the average man or woman. One example of many autodidacts in the technological world is Bill Gates. Earlier examples include Henry Ford and Dale Carnegie.
In the world of the arts it is very interesting to note how many of the pioneers were self taught. It has been said that a formal education can dull the mind and kill the artists creativity forcing them to confine to certain rules or the status quo. Refreshingly in my music genre of choice,hip hop, all the artists are really self taught. Leading musicians like Adele have also mastered their own craft.
However it is the authors with no formal writing education that most intrigue me. How does a man or woman go from nowhere to writing best sellers.Here is a list of the top autodidact authors. I hope this list is as inspirational to me as a new blogger as it will be you.
Number 1-Ernest Hemingway – An American novelist, short story writer and journalist.This nobel prize winner was an autodidact who immediately become a reporter after leaving school.He left for world war 1 and returned to start writing novels.
Number 2- Sir Terry Pratchett – “I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.” Pratchett sold more than 85 million copies of his books and was the United Kingdom’s best selling author.
Number 3- Charles Dickens -Despite his lack of formal education Charles edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.He is most famous for his book Oliver Twist.
Finally I conclude with this quote “I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.” – Andrew Carnegie