I remember the days when I would kick and scream and beg for five more minutes to sleep before pulling myself out of bed to go to school. I’m sure many of us who are now parents go through this daily ritual with our children.

Fast forward about thirty years and now I’m like a sponge. I want to soak up all the knowledge there is to learn. I’m not sure what changed or when, but I do know that the more knowledgeable I am, the more self-confidence I have, which leads to more self-esteem, which leads to wiser choices, which leads to a better life.

Knowledge doesn’t always come dressed in the confines of a school. It can be taught through a parent-child relationship, a master-apprentice relationship or even a boss-employee relationship. I’m sure we have all had a mentor at some point in our life that took us under their wing and showed us the way.

School may be the most comprehensive source of knowledge, and with the plethora of online universities and classes, ranging from Quantum Physics to Belly dancing, there is no shortage to make ourselves better. Reading is also a great source of knowledge. Whether you want to learn a new language or how to fix the sink, there is a “Dummies” book for you. Even Social Media has channels for you to pick and watch – YouTube has many do-it-yourself videos. No longer are you forced to wait for the expert to come to your rescue.

So pick your poison and empower yourself. Now when I find myself immersed in a book and I hear the plea to turn out the lights and go to sleep, I reply “five more minutes”.