Book review – Tara Westover -Educated

As I mentioned on the article about Intelectual cheap hobbies,that can be accessed here,you can never meet enough people,that is one of the reasons why we read.

As a college professor once told me,

We read because we can never meet enough people !

A great teacher of mine

And I thought – Why not write a small book review ,because I have just finished reading this book and I believe that it’s a great way to showcase the power of education?

So, I hope that you will enjoy this ,and if you do, please LIKE and SHARE this article with someone that you consider that might apreciate my work as well (this does wonders for the Google’s algorithm.)


Tara Westover 

For millenials who only want the gist of it, read at least this :

Tara Westover is an American author living in the UK. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom, and after that first taste, she pursued learning for the next decade. She received a BA from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.


If you could consider that this woman started from a father that used herbs to “treat” diseases and ended up having a PhD from Cambridge you could be sure that the desire to succeed is simply behind the power of education and that we are more than lucky not to start from this position.

I would like to add a few of the thoughts of Bill Gates

Tara was raised in a Mormon survivalist home in rural Idaho. Her dad had very non-mainstream views about the government. He believed doomsday was coming, and that the family should interact with the health and education systems as little as possible. As a result, she didn’t step foot in a classroom until she was 17, and major medical crises went untreated (her mother suffered a brain injury in a car accident and never fully recovered). “

When you meet her, you don’t have any impression of all the turmoil she’s gone through. She’s so articulate about the traumas of her childhood, including the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of one brother. I was impressed by how she talks so candidly about how naïve she once was—most of us find it difficult to talk about our own ignorance.

I worry that education is becoming a stick that some people use to beat other people into submission or becoming something that people feel arrogant about,” she said. “I think education is really just a process of self-discovery—of developing a sense of self and what you think. I think of [it] as this great mechanism of connecting and equalizing.”

Tara’s process of self-discovery is beautifully captured in Educated. It’s the kind of book that I think everyone will enjoy, no matter what genre you usually pick up. She’s a talented writer, and I suspect this book isn’t the last we’ll hear from her. I can’t wait to see what she does next. ”

I strongly believe that this book stayed on the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2018 because the quality and the candid openness make this book to be a great book to make you motivated to reach for the stars and to succeed in this life , and this is where this book really takes a turn for the best by showing the American Dream ,that pure energy of going ALL IN to learn and to take life by the collar to feel it’s heartbeat better.

I will leave just another small thought that I reckon is more clearly expressed, by the same source as before :

I’ve always prided myself on my ability to teach myself things. Whenever I don’t know a lot about something, I’ll read a textbook or watch an online course until I do. I thought I was pretty good at teaching myself—until I read Tara Westover ’s memoir Educated. Her ability to learn on her own blows mine right out of the water. I was thrilled to sit down with her recently to talk about the book. // Bill Gates

I strongly believe that we should strive to reach our dreams ,and this is a great motivator in a manner that is a lot better to have a visceral understanding of the power that it is present in our potential.

I will not focus on the religious elements ,the opposite of openness from her father,but rather just tip my fictiv tip of my hat in front of this powerful soul and that I wish a lot of people would have the desire to succed as much as her.

Another important element that I wish to mention is that ,when you begin to act as a strong (financially)-responsible adult and your interest aligns with your activities ,by self-discipline you can achieve the greatest gift on this world …..(Financial) Independence!

“Not knowing for certain, but refusing to give way to those who claim certainty, was a privilege I had never allowed myself. My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”
– Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir

If you are intrigued by what I (and Bill ) said, check this book on Amazon by following this LINK!

By doing this you are NOT paying extra, but you do support this creator and motivate me to create even more!

Because I wish that you reach independence, and that mostly means financial independence, I started this blog ,to show you my mistakes and my inspired moves along the same path.

What do you guys think?Have I rambled too much about education and not enough about something else that you have found fascinating in the book yet I did not mention?

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I look forward to hear from you,

David Mead.

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