Education is the most important of the four Secrets of Success. It has
both intellectual and economic value. Hence Education is an
investment that you can make in your future. Education encourages
imagination, creativity and interest in knowledge. It will also give
you more opportunities for high-paying jobs and offers better
economic security when coupled with high motivation and a strong
determination to succeed.
Neither my father
nor grandfather attended high school. In their time the focus was on
either assisting with the work on the farm or getting an unskilled
job so you could contribute to the family finances. I was one of the
first in my generation to attend college or university.
The differences between
acquiring a transitional skill through education and working a lifetime in
low-skill jobs is dramatic. As someone who has experienced both situations I can
confidently tell you that filling a professional position, such as a Director or
Vice-President. is so much more rewarding than any manual labour job I've held.
For me it meant the difference between making $30,000 per year as a high school
dropout and having a taxable income of over
as a successful senior executive. However, the rewards of a professional
career are so much more than financial
compensation. The value of being in control of your stressors and the
benefits of having a number of subordinates to assist you in achieving your
company's goals can be immense.
There is a direct correlation
between your quality of life in middle age and retirement and the number of years
you spend in the classroom. Many of my friends who I grew up with or served with
in my early days in the Navy, who did not pursue higher education, have led
distinctly different lives and have experienced financial struggles periodically
throughout their careers as a result of forced job changes. On the other hand my
education has enabled me to seek higher positions throughout my career, with
correspondingly higher compensation, and enabled me to fully enjoy a wholesome
retirement with frequent trips and winters in Florida. To put it bluntly its so
much nicer to be able to afford to drive a new car every couple of years than
keeping a 10 year-old car on the road out of necessity.
However, Education is a tool
that must be used correctly to achieve success. It is analogist to a fine
musical instrument that, in the right hands, can be used to produce beautiful
music. Education must be accompanied by a combination of a high level
motivation, unrelenting determination and above all a strong work ethic, in
order to be fully leveraged to achieve overwhelming success. The Bottom
line is; "Stay in School" until you have at least two degrees OR
... a College Diploma in a trade and a journeyman certification following
an apprenticeship program.
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