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Success a Matter of Degree?

 

Subject: Success, Motivation, College Degree


 

I scolded a good friend of mine the other day; I was tired of his whining.  He doesn't have a college degree.  For years he's been talking about how much he wished he had gotten a college degree.  Now, when I say years, I'm talking about more than ten. 

 

I told him that for the last ten years he's been whining about not having a college degree.  I then told him that in the last ten years, he's had plenty of opportunities to pursue a degree.  If it weren't for his procrastination (i.e., I'll register next year, I'll get started next semester, etc.) and excuses (i.e., I'm too old to go back, I can't afford it, ...etc.) he would had one by now.  I then went on to remind him that there are many stories of people who were able to achieve great levels of success and prosperity without having a college degree.

Disclaimer: I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).  I think it a great thing to have a college degree.  The knowledge and experience gained in college for me has been invaluable.  But in the end, it's what you do with that knowledge and experience that will ultimately determine your success.  A College Degree is not a blank check for success...it is preparation, no more no less. 

In the Wizard of Oz, we come across the cowardly lion who needs courage, the tin man who needs a heart and the scarecrow who needs a brain.

 

In the end we come to find out that the lion already had courage, the tin man showed he had heart and that the scarecrow indeed could think and was therefore in possession of a brain.  All three had it in them, but they weren't aware of it until the Wizard informed them that they were already in possession of those attributes they sought.

 

My friend is no different than these characters.  He has the potential to succeed, but he doesn't know it.  He is under the belief that in order to succeed he must make the journey to the Emerald City of Education, do what the illustrious Wizard of B.S. (or B.A.) requires him to do so that he can be granted success.

 

Somewhere along the way my friend has been programmed by society to believe that if he doesn't have a degree, success is not for him.

 

Somewhere along the way he convinced himself that he is less worthy of success because he didn't go to college. 

 

Somewhere along the way he shackled his creativity and shelved his aspirations on a myth.

 

Linda Lee wrote a book called Success Without College; a refutation of the assumption that all good little high graduates should go to college if they want to be successful.  She concludes that in many cases, not all, college is a waste of time and money.  I would agree to the extent that many students in college don't know what they want and are simply going through the motions to get a degree. 

 

How do I know?  When I speak at colleges and I asked the question, "Why did you choose this particular major?", I usually get look that a cross between confusion and embarrassment.  The students themselves often times don't know; they just "had to pick a major".

 

Let me be clear on one thing, a college degree is essential if you want to compete in the job market.  But I would also argue that students would be well served if they were encouraged not to simply get a degree (so they could get a job), but also to discover what it IS they want to do with their lives.

 

Many adults today are either unhappy with their job or would rather be doing something other then what they are doing.  In many cases these adults DO have college degrees; still they are unhappy.  I'm not arguing against a college education.  I'm arguing against the stigma that says if you don't have a college degree you won't be successful.  There are too many examples of entrepreneurs, business people who have become both rich and prosperous without a college degree.

 

There is nothing wrong with my friend that focus and dedication couldn't clear up to make his life success.  But as long as he buys into the " can't be successful without a college degree " mindset, he will continue to struggle. 

 

Success is a process, NOT a degree.

 

What should my friend do to begin his journey towards success?  As Glenda the good witch advised Dorothy, just put one foot in front of the other and follow the yellow brick road.

 

Victor Antonio G.


 

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Ode to Og Mandino

Leadership-Time Management

Stupid People Poem

Christmas Story: Misfits

Leadership-Winning Mindset

Sales-Prime Contractor

Netflix-Blockbuster Competition

Sales Training Bob

Cash Money Tree

Leadership & Trust

Management Style

Your Capacity for Success

Create Cash Flow-Equity

Pay for Performance

Road Trip to Success

The Good Life

Power Shift-Toffler

Incentive Programs

Compromise Poem

Business and Ladders

Speaker on Vanity

Leadership Style - Skill

Selling Through Channels

Consequences

Exploiter Poem

Keynote on Revenge

Motivation and Money

Computer Poem

Selling & Optimism

Speaking of Action

Keynote on Greatness

Essay on Equality

Torpedoing Success

Consumer Motivation

Creative Destruction

Motivation and Selling

The Success Matrix

Squirrel Wins - Focus

Why Take Action

Latino Market Growth

Motivational Failure

Speaking of Talent

Speaker Success Poem

Selling Without Wires

Sales Storage Evolution

Acres of Diamonds

Motivational Principle

Professional Public Speaking

Diversity & Multicultural

Sales Ethics-To Tell

Monopoly of Ideas

Self-Esteem Motivational

Employee Recognition

Overcoming Fear

Cold Calling CEOs

Reality is Plastic Poem

Life Coach - What a Joke

Innovation and Technology


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