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Do We Really Need Education to be Successful?

Education is the key factor in everyone’s life whether it is formal or informal but, to become a successful person you must know how to apply the knowledge that you have gained.

Have you ever heard someone say that if they could just go back to school and get their degree they would be successful? Or if they could only get their Master’s degree they would be better off?

I have heard several statements of the same effect and every time I hear such statements I always ask, Why are you waiting for a piece of paper to determine your life’s story?

If you are looking for professional white-collar employment it may be necessary for you to have gone the whole nine yards in formal education and attained that degree or that Master’s degree.

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Education is not just only for academic success but also to make a person become a better human being and a better performer in life. Education make the students competent enough, so that they can compete nationally and internationally, many schools in small cities and towns regularly organize excursions, educational tours, seminars on current issues and try to make the students both mentally and physically strong.


People who are not literate have few opportunities to do what they want to do. Our country needs these educated people for the quick growth of its economical condition and to uphold its growth. Educated people become more responsible and informed citizens, and have a voice in politics and society, which is essential for sustaining democracy. It is essential for eradicating poverty and it allows people to be more productive by encouraging them to play responsible roles in terms of contributing to society and in the bargain, also earning a better living.

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However, at the same time I refuse to believe that formal education is the only way one can end up being a success in life.
The common perception that going all the way through college and getting a good payment package from a big company is getting old… This is why the unemployment level is on the rise even for graduates, everyone is just waiting around to be ‘employed’, and no one is willing to create employment. It is about time that we change our thinking.

What’s the point of studying for about 25 years of your life only to be confined behind a desk making someone who broke out of this cycle money for the next 30 years? Why don’t you break out of the cycle as well? Challenge yourself… stop shielding yourself on the safety-net of employment, stop limiting yourself, take the leap, you’ll never know what you could have been if you don’t at least try…


Do you consider success to be a big bank balance, exotic cars, a huge house, and a prestigious job title? I think this is an illusion of success, but then again, everyone will have a different idea of what success is, and that’s okay. I personally feel that success is measured by how much impact (positive) you have on the world when your story is over.

How many lives did you touch? Did you change someone’s life for the better? Did you make sure that future generations lead a better more comfortable life than you did? Did you inspire someone to break out of their shell and reach their full potential?

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We have missed the real meaning of education. The real point of education is to make us aware of ourselves and the world around us. Once a person has realized what they want, they can educate themselves and acquire the necessary skills to reach the heights that they set for themselves.

I believe we need education to be successful, but not in the conventional sense of the word ‘education’. We need to redefine what true success is and educate ourselves in a manner that will enable us to achieve it.

Attitude affects how you cope with failure as well as the enthusiasm with which you approach your objectives as well as your challenges. Formal education cannot teach you attitude or enthusiasm and without these the drive to go for your dreams and to positively impact the world around you will be little or non-existent.