Too many people get hung up on getting a proper education, finding the right school that can teach them what they need to know, and making the type of reputation that people will see as inspirational. Let’s point out the fact that:

  1. You don’t need to attend a prestigious university or college to be successful. I’ll explain in a bit.
  2. Other people can teach you what you need to know, but you need to be willing to learn.
  3. Good Will Hunting was right, you can learn more from your library than many classes can teach you during a semester, but the twist is that it’s all on you.

So, shall we get into it?

You don’t necessarily NEED college.

Granted, it helps, and it does look great on a resume, providing that you have an impressive GPA and have actually stuck to your guns and completed your studies. But one thing that any discerning boss should think about isn’t bound to be seen in the Education portion of your resume. What they need to look for, and what many of them do look for, is if you can ACTUALLY DO THE JOB. You can have the best grades in your institution, you can be at the top of every list, and have a spotless GPA, but you know what that means? Nothing, not diddly-shit. It means you were able to drop thousands upon thousands of dollars on an education that can teach you what’s expected, what’s coming, and how to pass tests and conform to a system that will grind you up and spit you out if you don’t have one crucial thing: experience.

I’ll admit it, I enjoy being one of those in college, I like the fact that I can put two or three different universities on my resume. But it doesn’t mean much if a person doesn’t have the needed experience for the job they want. Guess what General Studies or some other obscure study gets you if you apply for a job that has nothing to do with your popular but useless major? Nothing. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be employed even if you have the right major and degree since thousands to millions of people have found that college is not a golden ticket to a good life unless they have the experience to go with it. This is why internships and work experience in your chosen field are so necessary, because, without them, you’re another kid waiting for someone to give you a job just because you test well and know how to hand in quality homework.

People can lead you to success, but you have to want it first.

How much simpler can it be? Plenty of people want to be successful, but too many will come up with excuses why they’re not. “It’s not the right time” “I tried but no one’s hiring” or my personal favorite “This economy is keeping me down”. There are so many bullshit excuses out there to explain away why people aren’t successful, why they’re not where they want to be, and the simplest reason is that they don’t know how to recognize or grab hold of the keys to success even when someone is jangling them in their face.

But it’s not their fault, right? Some folks happen to think that the idea of ‘pulling yourself up by your bootstraps’ is a ridiculous saying, but the truth is that it’s one of the best things to think about when you want to find success and make it last. No one is going to do it for you, but thankfully there are plenty of people who will point the way, or guide you until that moment comes. But if you’re not into it, if it’s not your scene, and if you want to make excuses, then plenty of folks will drop you like a bad habit rather than waste another moment on a non-starter. If you’re willing to succeed, you’ll listen to those that have forged ahead, and you’ll learn from their mistakes as well as their successes. But you have to want it, otherwise, their teachings aren’t getting through that thick skull of yours.

Take hold of your own life, education, and the road to success. Listen, learn, and apply what you’ve been given. Otherwise, pray that your parents will let you live in their basement for the next twenty to thirty years.

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