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College education is something I really like to talk about as it relates so much to me.
Most people who have not yet discovered what they want to do with their lives often tend to give in to the norm, you know, “go to school, get a degree and get a decent job.”
I was one of those people myself.
And one of the things that terrified me, in the beginning at first, was the fact that most people I knew who dropped out of college later realized they had made the worst decisions of their life by dropping out.
Is this how it’s going to end up for me? I usually asked myself.
If you are deciding to go to college or whether or not to drop out of college, you are not sure what to do with your life.
What if things don’t work out?
Here is what I’ve got to tell you.
First of all. all those I knew who dropped out of school and was later kicking themselves for dropping out had no reason why they were dropping out in the first place, and no reason for choosing the particular field they chose. They simply got tired of the stress and hardship of studying for countless boring hours.
It’s very simple, if you don’t find a good reason for doing something, you may not have the strength and the inner motivation that you need to draw upon when the times get tough, and that is exactly what happens when people quit school without having a back up definite plan to execute immediately.
No wonder, most of the advice I got when I dropped out of college in the 2nd semester of my final year, was that I should defer the program so that I could always come back to complete it.
That wasn’t a bad advice you may think. But here’s the wrong thing about it. All those people around you what cannot do something important with their lives tend to make you think you can’t do something important for yourself too. They always believe somethings are just impossible.
That is the kind of advice that comes from people you would normally call “losers,” and as you may know, they will always want to drag you along with them.
If you are deciding to get into college not to fulfill your heartfelt purpose(something you have a deep passion for) but because you are not sure of who you are and what you are meant to do with your life, then I hope the next few minutes of reading this post will give you some food for thought and hopefully help you find balance with your life.
Before we dive in, over 80 percent of people you see on campus don’t know why they are there. Most of them tend to think and believe that the only way to succeed in life is to go get a good degree, get a good job, and save for retirement. This is the way most people are usually set up for life.
What you need to ask yourself is “Do I need to work for 40 years of constant 9—5 five times a week to save up for retirement?” Unfortunately, this is what the majority of people do. And the reason for this is that most people have had their minds conditioned to believe that the way to succeed is by going to school, obtaining good grades and then file an application to a company who will employ you IF they find you fit.
In My Opinion, There Are 3 Basic Misconceptions About Going To School That Most Don’t Seem To Understand.
1. You Should Go To School To Be Successful In Life.
Here’s the thing, If I knew early enough that this was, in fact, a lie, maybe I would have dropped out in my 7th grade.
And here is the reason I say that.
This post you are reading now was typed on a Windows 8.1 computer which wouldn’t have been made possible by Paul Allen and Bill Gates who are both college drop out.
Now after typing this post, I am going to save it in my one drive cloud account which would not have been made possible without same Microsoft.
If at the end of this post, you decide to share it to inspire your friends on Facebook or Twitter, I want you to know that you are able to do that because folks like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey dropped out of college and decided to focus on their dream of connecting the world together.
What am I trying to say?
First, It depends on how you define success.
If going to school was a sure guarantee for success, then I wonder why there are billionaires and millions of self-made millionaires in America alone who dropped out of school.
Studies show that America’s least educated folks are responsible for more of the business created in the U.S. Also As of the end of 2016 for example, CNBC reported that there were 10.8 million millionaires in America, most of which are college dropouts.
Of all this success report, here’s one thing I have to say regarding that. Success in life comes from one thing. Doing what you love to do.
2. You Must Get Good Grades To Get A Decent Job.
This is one of the myths that most people actually believe to be true.
Take my word for it, 90 percent of people who flies first class have less than or no college certificate at all. You don’t need to go to school before you find yourself something that really pays well, let alone having good grades.
The primary purpose of going to school in the first place is to provide your immediate needs and be able to provide a better life for yourself and the people around you that depend on you by getting a decent job. Providing for yourself and your loved ones is something you are naturally designed to do and you don’t need to depend on a college grade to fulfill this purpose.
In my opinion, depending on a college grade to get a job and be able to provide food for your family is a sign of giving away your powers as a human being. Unfortunately, that’s what’s going on out there. You are born with an infinite potential to succeed in life. Nature has already equipped you with all you want for life before you got here. When you don’t realize that, then you think you need to have to go to school and get the best grades to become successful.
As it turns out according to this survey, the majority of successful businesses are owned by independent business owners with less than high school diploma. People who didn’t wait to get good grades from school before they can put themselves to use.
What these guys have that made them so successful is self-reliance, willingness to take risks and a vision.
“Good grades may feed you from month to month, but brain power will give you the key to life.” —Alex.
3. Leaving School Is The End Of Learning.
Most people believe—and I used to too— that once they left school, that would be the end of reading and learning new stuff.
“Bob Proctor, world renowned speaker made a clear statement that, “In the time of change, the learners will inherit the earth and the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped with the knowledge to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
Life is constantly changing, hence the need to put your self in a position of constantly growing and learning new things.
As a matter of fact, leaving school should be the beginning of learning, because this is when real life kicks in. The theories learned in school have no place for application in the real world. So, the earlier you begin learning practical stuff to truly succeed in the real world the better for you.
Over 85% of the things you learned in school will do no good to sustain you in a world that is constantly changing and evolving, and if you as an individual is not learning constantly and growing, then let’s face it, you’re not really living life. If you are not growing, mentally, physically and spiritually, then you are dying. That is just the ugly truth.
You need to know that life is in a constant process of growth and change and that the earlier you buy into that and start looking for ways and means to constantly better yourself, the better it will be for you and your future.
Reid Buckley said. “You must try to constantly improve your skills and abilities, if you don’t, somewhere someone is, and when you meet him you will lose.”
There are 5 Questions I Would Like You To Ask And Answer For Yourself If You Are Deciding To Go College Or Thinking About Dropping Out.
1. Do You Know What You Really Want In Life?
Virtually 90% of the people you meet on campus are there because they have been told and guided by the people they look up to—parents, relatives, etc— that going to school is the only route to a successful and happy life.
They act and copy what everyone else is doing, not knowing why.
Unfortunately, these people buy the advice, get to the end of the road and then discover that there is nothing more to it.
Utterly disappointed, they are completely shocked, things have not turned out the way expected it would, simply because they have learned to follow the guidance of others not learning to follow their own inner guidance.
So, I am asking you.
Do you know what you want with your life? What kind of lifestyle do you want to have a few years from now? You cannot take advice from someone who is not an example of who you want to be.
Be laser clear on what you want with your life. No one else is going to decide for you. You alone can decide the direction you are headed in life. Failure to do this, chances are you will be blindly led along with the millions of people who are wrongly led down the wrong paths in life.
Get out a paper and pen, write down what your life would look like assuming everything was perfect a few years from now.
2. Is Going To School In Alignment With Your Vision?
You have visualized your ideal future, the next question is how are you going to achieve this dream?
How certain are you that going to school for 4 years is going to get you to your goal?
If you look at your goal, what is the relationship between going to school and the future you are visualizing?
If there is no co-relationship between spending 4 years in school studying a particular field and achieving your goals and really living the lifestyle you want, then you’ll be going to waste a very important time of your life.
For example, let say you imagine taking vacations 3-6 times a year with your spouse and living in beautiful waterfront homes, and the way you are going to achieve this dream is by helping to save people’s lives. This is what you’re passionate about.
Going to school to study medicine will probably the best way to achieve this goal because you will be passionate about it, in which case, you could be among the best of students studying that field of discipline because there is a deep emotional connection going on.
Often time, this is not the case.
Most of the guys and girls on campus have no ideal future that they are striving to pull off. Worst of all, many give up on pursuing their dreams because they have grown to believe it’s impossible to achieve what their heart desires.
Be sure you know what feels right for you.
Look at your goal, make sure it is what you truly want—regardless of whether you think its possible or not— and decide whether for sure, going to school will grant you this wish. Be very honest with yourself.
If after looking at your goal and deciding that going to school does not offer the best way for you to accomplish that goal, then you know that’s a sign trying to lead to through the right path. You must therefore decide to listen and let your heart lead you.
3. Is Going To School Going To Give You The Life You Want In The Shortest Period Of Time Possible?
Another thing you have to consider when you look at your goal is, will school be the shortest route to your dream? Will your years in college bring you success within the shortest frame of time possible?
What will happen to your goals and dreams if you actually spent the next 4 years of your life learning and improving daily with your heart and mind in a craft you’ve always wanted to do or learn and you are passionate for? What will the effect be on you?
You’ve got to be very clear on this.
This is quite different from going to school and learning something you have no emotional connection with.
Sadly, 95% of people you see around campus don’t know what they are actually signing up for.
If you think that getting a good job after school is going to make you a millionaire, then you are looking to spend 25 years of your wonderful life, waking up before 6 am daily, eating breakfast on the way to work, working hard through the day, and not having enough time and freedom to give your body the perfect rest that it needs to function more brilliantly.
And if you are not lucky, you may not even get a satisfying job on time or at worse you could get fired from the one you have.
Ask yourself, is this what you are put on this planet for? Is that the kind of life you are created to live? Don’t forget that life was given to you to enjoy and not to strive.
Be honest with yourself.
Many people suffer in life because they have never been honest with themselves, they know what they don’t feel good about but still go ahead and do it, neglecting their gut feeling which yearns to lead and guide them on the right path.
4. Are You Sure You Want To End Up Working 9-5?
No matter what your grade points are if you are going to get a job, it means you are going to end up working 9-5 to help build someone else’s company by contributing your values.
Jim Rohn said, “if you don’t make plans for your self, you will probably always fit into someone else’s plan.”
Make a conscious decision whether this is what you want or not.
Why not be your own boss instead of being on someone else’s employee payroll?
Most people enjoy the work they do and they are happy doing it, however, you must follow your heart. You cannot make a decision based on other people’s perception.
As a young guy, I never liked the idea of working all year, 40 hours per week for someone who ends up paying me only 12 times a year and inhibiting my abilities to be creative and productive for myself. I have always thought about living life on my own terms, doing what I love to do with my life.
Your decision regarding what you want to do with your life is something you must approach with courage.
Without courage, you do not have the guts to face reality.
You may not like the idea of going to school because you feel there is something better you can do but you are scared to make that decision.
Your heart is the best guidance system you can ever rely on.
5. Do You Have A Problem With Freedom?
“I’d prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” —Thomas Jefferson
Who wouldn’t love to live a life of freedom?
Would you prefer sitting in the courtroom on a Monday morning trying to defend a psychopath who shot his wife, when you can be chilling in a resort in Costa-Rica sipping a glass of champagne?
Who would not want to be at the gym in the morning and receive alerts of cash flowing in different sources of income?
Who would not want to live a life free from worry and depression?
Our purpose on this planet is to experience the best that the world has to offer, and not to live like servants all because we need to earn money to look after ourselves.
Most people never get to experience this type of life because of indecision and fear.
They have actually bought the ideas sold to them by people in their lives, so they spend the rest of their lives working for money instead of having money do the work for them.
I am not suggesting that going to school is a bad idea because I am glad I went through the system, but you have to be sincere with your self to really decide what you want with your life.
What kind of life would you love to have, assuming everything was absolutely perfect?
Be clear on what you want and start drafting out plans to make it come to life.
If you are going to spend 4 or more years in school, make sure it is something you are passionate about, and you have a vision for it.
If not, if you don’t feel right about going to school, if there is something you feel better at, that is a sign that you will probably do well and have more success with that. Don’t try to deny yourself the expression of your own unique gift because we all have it, if you do, you are going to spend the rest of your life kicking yourself and wishing you had followed your heart earlier. This is the cause of most people’s regret in life. They had the time and opportunity but didn’t take it, now it’s over and there’s nothing left to do.
If you go through the above questions and answer them honestly, you may realize that spending 4 years is a deliberate waste of time because, in 4 years, you can learn any skill of your choice that will bring you closer to achieving your life goal.
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