Imagine going to a job you hate, hardly being able to pay your bills, not going out as often as you would like, and living a life that is mundane, routine, and miserable. Throughout the years I’ve watched the toll it takes emotionally, physically, and financially on people who not only have to give up on their dreams but who threw away money on a college education, thinking that there would be better days. For many what started as a path to achieving all they ever hoped and dreamed turned into a nightmare, and sadly their surroundings provide little hope that what they once thought was possible is no longer.
And while the cost of a college education continues to increases, college degree professionals continuously decreases with the exception of very few specialty career fields. The question becomes, was that financial aid really worth the financial burden? Going to college is a business decision and just like a business it requires time, attention and hard work. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will pay off so is that piece of paper really worth what it costs? If you ask a teacher many will tell you they have a passion for students and enjoy the environment a school provides and while following your passion often pays off for teachers it is the exact opposite. It’s not only teachers who are suffering from the burden of financial stress, social workers, nannies, bartenders, and every occupation you can think of is. That’s just the uncomfortable truth the education system won’t tell you. Here’s what you really need to know about getting a college education.
1. You will never be a truly educated person until you accept responsibility for educating yourself.
Education is more than a piece of paper it’s a roadmap to design the rest of your life. Make no assumption that a college education will develop you into the person you desire to be and maximize your potential because it won’t.
2. You don’t have to be on a campus or in a classroom to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to learn to work in the field you desire unless of course you want to be a doctor or lawyer.
Entrepreneurs shatter the glass ceiling and get out of the so called “box” and utilize the resources they have to be resourceful. They realize that by investing in themselves they can demand a bigger return so that they gravitate towards books, YouTube videos, webinars, seminars, private coaches, and get their hands on every piece of information relevant to them they can possibly get which propels them to new levels in both their career and life. The rule they live by is keep what you need and leave what you don’t.
3. What you learn in college could end up being useless.
Let’s face the music if we are to be truly honest with ourselves how many of us took courses that had absolutely nothing to do with our chosen field of interest? I can count quite a few text books I paid for and threw away, hours spent studying that could have been spent working on personal-development, and classes taken in which I had no desire to learn or participate. What is taught in the classroom is almost useless in the real world now days. How can a classroom possibly keep up with what’s relevant especially when it comes to technology?
I’d like to leave you with this thought the next time your child approaches you and asks to sign on the dotted line or you consider getting financial aid remember it could cost you your future.
Melissa Krivachek is President of Briella Arion and is deeply & passionately committed to the growth & effectiveness of leaders, teams, and organizations. Melissa is a High Caliber Leadership, Sales, and Personal Growth Expert, Author, Speaker, Coach, and Life Enthusiast! To IGNITE your Purpose, Presence, Passion, & Profit visit Briellaarion.com or Ignite-Leadership.com.
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