Growing up, I was fed with the idea that once your academic life missed the success train, you would be doomed. I grew up thinking only college and university graduates got to lead the comfortable life. Teachers would mention that you could possibly be homeless if you didn’t concentrate on school, while your friends that did would have the best jobs and cars. When I look back at such, I hope my teachers mentioned such as a way to help us attach more importance to school than as a matter of fact. Education is very important and may make your life easier, but I guess university drop outs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg may have a different story to tell.
We all know of people that are successful, but never set foot into university. How different are these people from any of us? What drives them and not us? We may go to university and get as many credentials, but may never equal their success. Are we being teased that education is a waste of our time in our quest to succeed?
Reading their biographies, you will discover that Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs have a mutual tendency; dropping out of school. They turned out to be billionaires without degrees. As a matter of fact, Bill Gates got his first degree in 2007, prior to which he had already amassed billions. I dread being the best student in Zuckerberg’s class, because even after I graduated with the highest credentials, Mark would be among the youngest billionaires and I wouldn’t. Bill Gates is quoted as saying, “I failed in some subjects, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer at Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.”
These men are of negative influence to a scholar whose hopes of succeeding are built on education because their works are too great to be erased from history and because those works succeeded without a single degree possessed by any of them. So many people will graduate, but will never be in a position to become philanthropists. Because of people like Steve Jobs, we are made to question the necessity of education in our lives.
I know of a UNZA graduate who is always joking that I should never be like him because he feels he works so many hours without being rewarded enough. Recently, he had to resign from his position because he had been offered a better job elsewhere. Having a single degree today is not enough because everyone has one. So are we going to have to rush back to university time and again to draw more degrees to become successful? I guess one will become old even before that pursuit is over. Today Bill Gates’ Net worth is US$ 77.2 billion. The combined net worth of billionaire drop outs is US$ 246 billion. It goes on to triple that of billionaires with Ph.Ds. according to Wikipedia.
As much as these drop outs are successful today, the step they took was arduous. If one is going to drop out of college because they want to avoid hard work, they are absolutely making a wrong turn. Work will always be filled with challenges. The IPhone or IPod did not just come into existence; Steve Jobs had to go through challenges. For example he was ousted out of the very company he created. These men simply dropped out to focus on their passion and interests. They realised education could impede their development. Bill Gates for example just got a leave of absence from Harvard, but could not even return because he was so committed and had obviously realised his success without school. Education was simply unnecessary because had it been a necessity, it wouldn’t have taken him 30 years to realise he should have graduated. It is definitely visible that School wasn’t his priority.
So should the whole world take this famous turn? Well I do not believe so because education is key. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Steve Jobs may have changed the world as a drop out, but in many a way, education did help him. Today we celebrate people like Ben Carson who comes to the scholar’s rescue by proving how important education is. In no world would Dr Ben Carson operate on Siamese twins without going to medical school. You cannot wake up and decide to be a lawyer or a pilot without any form of education. For your clients’ safety, you may need proof that you are qualified for your job; you will need to graduate. Lots of our interests require us to go through university. We cannot all go the Zuckerberg way. We are meant to succeed in different angles.
Dr Ben Carson went through university and is not a billionaire today. He has earned himself a net worth of about USD 10 million. Ben Carson may not be that famous too, but he is saving lives which I believe is priceless. The point here is how we define success. Is success the money, the fame, winning the heart of the people or a level of complacency? It all depends on you. All we need to know is that education may or may not be necessary in our hope to succeed; the mutual activity though is hard work. When you work hard for something you want, you will get it eventually. Find out what way is best for you- University, or not. Be innovative at all costs.
Education like man is not any perfect; it has its pros and cons. Discover your success root today. There are many keys to success and they are all accompanied by hard work.
You’ve probably heard that Marilyn Monroe was a size 14.
Or a size 16, or a size 12, or a size 10, depending on who you ask.
Whatever number someone quotes you, the message is always the same: our standards of beauty have changed, and not for the better. The women whose bodies we worship now are thin and sickly, all of them suffering from eating disorders. Things aren’t how they were before, when we appreciated “real,” “normal,” “average” bodies. Our current standards of beauty should serve as evidence of how deeply fucked up our society is; we ought to return to our parents’ and grandparents’ ideals.
This whole concept is so popular that there have been a string of memes made about it:
You know what makes me say fuck society? The fact that we think it’s totally cool to compare two women and declare one of them the…
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Ever been faced with a situation that left you remorseful because you did something you hated and never thought you would do, sorely because you had no self-esteem at the time? No? Well then you must be among a random fortunate few because most of us have been a victim of this particular situation. Sometimes we do not act ourselves simply because we want to please someone else. Some of these actions incite jeopardy upon us, but even though, we decide to overlook any warning. I could emphasise more, but I suppose the imagery of lack of self-esteem should be painted in your minds from what I have explained in a few words.
The first step to attaining self-esteem is dodging an identity crisis. Many of us lack the ability to realise the dignity we possess. I know there is a system of grouping where one is classified as rich or poor, educated or uneducated, eminent or ordinary, and not forgetting the moral high ground. As much as these masks make others appear superior or inferior, we are all human beings with mutual feelings, failures and strengths; among others. Many people, however, do no not realise this and therefore never really know their position. Identifying yourself is very important because it limits your vulnerability to any sort of insecurities. Since you realise you are as good as anyone else, you will have no reason to feel bad about yourself and try to act inferior to another.
At times the reason people fail to break through an identity crisis is because they refuse to flee unhealthy manipulation of them by others. The attitude and influence of the people around us is always felt. I do not see how someone can manage to feel good about himself when all his positive energy is drained by negative people who make him believe that he is not good enough for something. I advise you to avoid people who always seem to take away your belief in yourself. Do not allow anyone to judge you less. Even if people do not give you compliments when due, do not lose yourself. If it makes you feel better, believe you are the best in the world, the most handsome or prettiest in the world. At all times, boost your self-confidence.
You should know that being devoid of self-esteem is very suicidal. It drives you into poor decision making. Because you have no self-respect, you decide to stick to a violent partner or a job that has you mistreated. Having in mind that we may encounter desperate times, I still believe self-esteem will always allow room for you to make decisions in your best interest. It will make you quit a job that has you underpaid or tell or set straight a person that thinks they can sexually harass you. You will know that you can’t say yes to every proposal .Yes! With self-esteem not everyone deserves to go out with you. You will know just how special you are and just how much you are worth. Self-esteem defines our dressing, our talk or basically our lifestyle. I am sure you will never see President Obama dressed like Kanye or Lil Wayne. With self-esteem comes a self-image.
Please do not grow big headed at this point and try to get me wrong. Just because I have reminded you of how special you are, do not go out there preaching your importance. Yes you are important, but this minute realise that there is a thin line between self-esteem and pride. Being proud of yourself is alright, but it doesn’t have to make you contemptuous or condescending. Have regard for others and create an environment that allows people you interact with feel comfortable and full of self-esteem .Help others evaluate themselves. Make it your responsibility that they do.
If you ever look down on yourself, terminate that contract and apply for self-confidence, self-worth, a sense of worth, self-respect, self-regard, self-assurance and not forgetting pride. Life is too short to live as an outcast to yourself.