First, avoid the mainstream media. Read newspapers in at least three different languages from a minimum of three continents. You will learn that news is nothing but thought control.
Second, read and watch what the masses read and watch. This is not to learn anything for yourself. It is to learn how and why other people believe what they believe (it is because they don't challenge things like "pro choice", evolution, climate change, and tectonic and tsunami weapons; they lack discernment or the necessary logic skills to identify deception, misdirection, and disinformation.)
Third, look at who is successful. To what do they credit success? Ask them. Ask what they read, and read that. Create your own questions, and answer them yourself.
Fourth, pay attention to your heart. It really does know a lie from the truth. If something feels wrong, be sure to identify the source or sources, and then re-evaluate. If confusion remains, stay out.
Fifth, real education is not books and lectures. Education comes from action. There are 300,000 jobs in America that pay six figures, but remain unfilled. People think they need a BA to earn that money. Nope. You need to be capable of providing skilled services.
Sixth, observe what is going on around you. Compare that to the media, and to what everyone else believes. Did you know: Almost ALL of the gun murders in the U.S. each year occur in just 3 large cities. And, those have the highest gun control laws. In Chicago and D.C., you can't (according to lawmakers) own a gun. Without those 3 cities (all with liberal governments), America would have the lowest rates, just fourth from the bottom of the list. Or, did you know that Planned Parenthood was started by a racist who wanted to control the African American population? It's true. Margaret Sanger set it up. Still today, 80% of PP abortion clinics are in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. It's genocide, not choice. So, LOOK.
Last, anything without God is not worth doing. You will burn up life and strength to build something that will leave you. Pray about everything, and at every decision point. Pray without ceasing. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. Always pray and ask Him to teach you.