- His father died at age 11 and he took a job, thus ending his formal education
- He would educate himself through public libraries
- He would be awarded a Master’s Degree from Yale in 1888 and subsequently a Doctorate
- He would be awarded a second Doctorate from Oxford in 1907
The life of Mark Twain serves as a reminder that there is more than one path to both mastery of skills and significance. The challenges and pitfalls of his life serve as reminder that significance, mastery and perfection are far from the same thing. Heroes, leaders and people of significant contribution are in the end human, not saints.