Wednesday, March 9, 2011

College Doesn't Necessarily Mean Success

I've noticed lately that there has been a recent push for people to go back to school and get a college degree. Education is the backbone of our society, and without it, many jobs are unattainable. There has to be no greater achievement than going to college for 4-6 years, to come out at the top of your class, grab a job in your field at $40,000 to start, only to owe back $100k+ in student loans... By no means am I telling anyone NOT to go to college. Everyone should really be aware of their options.

From the time we're able to process information, our parents, teachers, and other authority figures stress the importance of a college education. A college education is important because it opens doors that wouldn't otherwise budge without it, and you encounter a group of people you can network with for the rest of your life.

Honestly, some people aren't meant to go to college. Some people don't have the time, aren't focused enough, or it's simply not their thing. These people have found their niche elsewhere, and some are very successful in spite of not attending a four year university.

Some famous people who have never attended college:
Bill Gates
Halle Berry
Rachel Ray-Has never had any formal culinary training
Steven Spielberg
Woody Allen
Ben Affleck...

The list goes on with people who are a success despite not having a formal education. When and if I decide to go back to college, it will be because I want to; not because I feel I will be pleasing someone else. If you weren't called to go to college, don't worry about what others will say or think. The decision is not theirs and they cannot live your life for you. Wherever your specialty lies, do your research. Find out the nature of the demand for what it is you want to do. Network with others that are doing the same things you are interested in. Lastly, sometimes it is necessary to attend school in order to live out our dreams. The best that can happen is that you will have something to fall back on if all else fails.

There is a saying that people who aren't passionate about what you are passionate about won't understand your thinking. Don't allow society to tell you that your life has to be lived in a box. Also remember that just because something worked for someone else, doesn't mean it is going to work for you.

Do you and let no one else be the dictator of your path. As Captain Planet used to say, "The power is yours".

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