Book Review: Educated

EducatedEducated by Tara Westover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A memoir which shows the power of resilience, hardwork and hope!

The book has been brilliantly written. The life of the author is very different from most of our lives, so much so that sometimes it almost seems like fiction. And then we realize that it’s true and the author has actually lived through these experiences.

In the first part the usual lifestyle of the author and her family with a variety of incidents is laid out to give an idea to the readers of a survivalist lifestyle. In the second part she describes the challenges of starting formal education as a 17 year old and the violence which she faced at home. The third part shows the importance of home and family sometimes even when they might not be supportive and acknowledge the reality.

It shows how valuable a family which accepts and supports you is. Despite all the challenges (sometimes each day seemed like a challenge) the author not just conquers the adversity, but rather she aces it. She and a couple of her brothers did their Ph.D. from some of the best graduate schools in the world. She acknowledges her life and its challenges in the formative years and decides to look ahead and move forward when her family breaks ties with her.

It also shows the importance of education and learning. It is nice to see how the author’s world view about a lot of things which she believed, transforms when she studies and learns in depth about it. As the author at one point mentions, “An education is not so much about making a living as making a person.” This book also shows that it is never too late to be the person you want to be even if one has faced the worst circumstances in life. A spirit of hope, trust in oneself and ability to work hard can make a difference at any point in life!

Our limits are limitless

We build our own limits. We imagine what we can do and what we cant. We decide how much we can work and how much we can play. We decide what is feasible and what is not feasible for us. We define our own deadlines and limitations.

But it is all our own thinking. Everything is possible. We are capable of doing bigger things than the things we can ever imagine doing. Nothing is impossible.

All that is needed is to take a step outside our limits. Ya, just one step. And we start realizing our true potential. We understand that we can do a lot more than our preconceived limitations. We can work more than we think we can work. We can achieve more than we think we can achieve. We can get everything we have ever dreamt as well as the things we have not dreamt yet.

We must come forward and take risks. We must be ready to face challenges. Sometimes its fun to challenge ourselves more than challenging others. In this way we can discover our own hidden talents and capabilities. It feels great to break our own records.

If we know that everything is possible, then why sit back ? Why to feel miserable due to self imposed limits ? Just one step out of our comfort zone, and we are enlightened. Its time that we realize our true potential. Its time to reach for the stars. Its time to discover ourselves. Its time to be proud of our capabilities. Its time to wake up and make our life the way we want it to be !

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