“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” ~ Aristotle
This is a quote I share with my students every term I teach because it’s one of the truest things I’ve ever read.
Earning an education is hard work. In fact one of the biggest reasons for failure is students underestimating the amount of sheer hard work that goes into the process. This is the same for formal education and the work of autodidacts, as well. In fact, on some levels being an autodidact takes even more discipline and has even more bitter roots.
But remember the fruit. The end goal is worth it.