I is for Invest #AtoZChallenge

I is for Invest

Do we invest enough in our future? In our businesses? In our education? In our happiness?

As I thought about what to write on the topic of investing my mind started to calculate how much I have invested in myself, in my business and into other things.

My tuition fees, which were for the most part quite low (especially in comparison with other countries) and sometimes even non existent, where an investment that my parents made into my future. Investing in an education is probably always a good thing, even though we cannot be sure of the returns. It is an investment of funds that we hope to regain somehow in the future.

Recently, I read that every entrepreneur should invest about 10% of what they make into their business. I don’t know the numbers, but I have the feeling that there are many who invest everything in hope for some returns while others should invest or invest a bit more. Continue reading “I is for Invest #AtoZChallenge”

Magic Library

When my grandfather turned 70 years old, he invited us (his guests) to visit a boarding school. Strange thing to visit isn’t it?
Well this was not any boarding school, and my grandfather is a historian, so visiting a place packed with history was a natural thing to do.

The Landesschule Pforta is located within the property of a cloister. I did not take a lot of pictures, even though there were many things to photograph on the winter day that we went there. I remember that inside the church there were some decorations that were unusual for the protestant monks that had put them there in the past.

What marked me a lot on this visit was the description of the school life in this boarding school. The students themselves have to ring a bell that marks the end and beginning of class. All students, even the local ones have to live within the school. Of an elitist heritage, it is a rather selective environment. One of the alumni is Friedrich Nitzsche.
In the past when the Abitur  (German final exams taken before University) was far less common the students were allowed to sit their exams in this school when their teachers deemed them to be ready to do so. When the teachers figured that their student was mature enough to move onto university. Taken into account the great presence of immature and very young students in Universities this might not actually be too bad. At that time (if I am not mistaken that was over 100 years ago) the pupils of the school would have to write a final paper in latin, yes in latin, that probably resembles a final dissertation for a current day bachelor’s degree.

All of these little details about the school life, past and present were presented within this library. Packed with old books it seemed magic. My cousin decided then and there she wanted to go there to study, she was very much reminded of Harry Potter. Who can blame her?

magic library, landschule pforta

Does this library inspire you?


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