In the years 1881–83 Wilson did research in Semitic languages at the University of Berlin. There he concentrated on Assyriology under Eberhard Schrader, August Dillmann, and Eduard Sachau. It was during his student days in Germany that Wilson designed a plan for his life. He believed it would be well for him to divide his career into three blocks of fifteen years each. Not many young men would design a forty-five-year program for themselves, but that is another indication of the unique quality of the man. The first fifteen years would be spent studying the original languages of the Bible and various cognate tongues. During the second fifteen years he would focus on biblical textual matters in the light of his philological studies. His hope was to spend the last fifteen years in writing what he had learned.
[Elwell, W. A., & Weaver, J. D. (1999). Bible interpreters of the twentieth century: A selection of evangelical voices (74). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.]I don't know the man's life well enough yet to know how his plan worked out. But it seems to me that this is a good idea for parents to put in the hopper, to suggest to their children. It certainly is Biblical (Prov. 16:1, 3, 9), if done in the right God-fearing attitude (James 4:13-16; cf. Prov. 27:1).
POSTSCRIPT: not sure how exactly Wilson got to carry out his plan. He did die with what could have been a very important work on Daniel uncompleted.