Yes, you heard me!
There’s more to education than a degree. There’s more to learning than the four walls of a school. The pages of history are filled with successful people who dropped out of school, and I have learnt that academic validation does not birth life validation.
Still not convinced? Here are a few reasons why you don’t need to apologise for not having a degree:
- Education literally means “learning.” Which is ironic because there are many people who go through the entire process of school and learn nothing. Many people are pressured into studying degrees they have no passion for, and in the end they graduate, dump their certificates and go off into jobs they weren’t academically qualified for.
- The world has evolved. You do not need a degree to be on social media, for instance, and there are many similar financial opportunities around us today. You define your own success, degree or no degree. As they say, if you are born poor, it’s not your fault, but if you die poor, you are responsible.
- That said, if you do not have a degree, you’ve offended no one, however, you would offend yourself and your future if you do not educate yourself and equip yourself with relevant knowledge. You can gain direction and be who you want to be without conforming to societal standards; identify your strengths and surround yourself with people you can learn from. You actually have an advantage, because you do not have to waste countless hours or years studying things that may turn out irrelevant.
Why am I writing about this?
Because dropouts taught me. 3 “idiots” inspired me. Steve Jobs inspired me. And, today, I am good at my job. I learned more from the dropouts than the degree-holders. They put in their best and give it their all. (A great book to read on this topic is: A students work for C students and B students for the Government, by Robert Kiyosaki.)
No beef against degree holders, but don’t let your degree status limit you. Whether you are a great student or a dropout, life does not care unless you have relevant success to show for it. Your degrees are of no value if you cannot defend it, and when you can deliver, no one cares about your degree.