Learning from the school of hard knocks is fine…if you are a masochist.
Some people wear their life scars as a badge of honor, and this is OK…to an extent. After all, hard lessons make an indelible impression, and we tend to celebrate surviving that which doesn’t kill us. However, for some people, the school of hard knocks is the only school they attend. While you won’t always have a choice in how you learn about this life, it would seem axiomatic that there is nothing intrinsically laudable about doing things the hard way. This aphorism bids a person to consider what strategies might allow them to sidestep the tough lesson and learn by more benign and effective means. Maybe by doing so, it will be possible to skip a grade and graduate early.