No easy way out

Erikjan Lantink
3 min readDec 2, 2022

The sh#t they never taught us in school.

That’s the title of a nineteen-hour audiobook I completed last week. Nineteen hours I spent while traveling abroad, driving around Prague, or at home when I didn’t feel like reading from a book.

The authors, two passionate Aussies, read through 100+ books, noted the most important lessons, and made an entertaining book out of it.

The book got my attention because of its title.

First, titles with the word shit of fcuk in it (yes, deliberately written in full without other characters) create intrigue, whether you like it or not.

Second, while I enjoyed school for some part, my biggest lessons happened after school. University creates a general foundation and helps you find your way in life, but it primarily taught me where to look for stuff.

The real stuff is out there.

That brings me to the book’s main message.

Never stop learning.

It’s a simple, compelling, and perhaps obvious message, but it’s not that easy to stick to.

Ego and time get in the way.

Ego because many believe they know it all, walking around with an inflated ego. Time because many are too busy chasing their (money)…



Erikjan Lantink

Business & Leadership coach. Interim Leader. Writer. Speaker. Former Retail Executive (general management; operations; HR)