When I think about a mature person, I do not image someone who only knows a lot intellectually. I imagine someone who has deep empathy and a sense of responsibility.
Thus, when I consider education, I believe it has to start from the heart.
When I was in Harvard Business School, I had a professor who was really intelligent. But he talked over our heads. He kept telling us, “You don’t understand a thing I say.” None of his students really liked him.
Then there was another professor. He wasn’t necessarily as brilliant, but he took the time to make sure we understood what he was teaching. He thought about how to teach the material so we could better grasp it.
In other words, a proficient intellect is not enough. A really smart, rational and logical guy cannot become a leader who moves people if he has not cultivated his heart.
As you pursue your education, or are educating those around you, don’t forget to invest in the many aspects of the human experience that is often overlooked in the pursuit of knowledge.
If we think deeply about what makes a model society, it is clear that invisible components such as our hearts, principles and values and vision, are important.
To build the world we wish to see, we need to consider the education of the heart.