Education is important – part II

As mentioned previously, I have four strategies I use to reach success.

  • Gather information/data to better prepare ourselves for the future
  • Understand our goals and build a plan to reach them in a timely manner
  • Learn from our mistakes
  • Celebrate our successes

The last blog I wrote titled, Education is important speaks about the importance of education and the relationship it has with your salary.  Statistically the more education you have, the higher salary you will receive.  The first strategy mentioned above says gather information/data to better prepare ourselves for the future.  If you are out to get paid well and you know that higher educated people are making more money, than it only makes sense to get yourself the best education possible.

It is understood that earning a degree is not always as simple as attending school.  Effort and money are significant factors in your success.  We know everyone’s situation is different, so some people don’t need loans, some people need loans, and some people cannot get loans for school.  Assuming you are accepted to a school and you are now registered for your courses, you will need to put significant efforts towards studying and completing coursework.  This is where the second strategy comes into play, which says Understand our goals and build a plan to reach them in a timely manner.  You are well aware that you need to get into school and successfully complete all your courses to achieve the degree you desire.  You will need to build a plan that fits you best to complete everything required in a timely manner.

Throughout your years in school, you will have successes and failures, big and small.  The third strategic point reads, learn from our mistakes.  The fourth strategic point reads, celebrate our successes.  Both of these are extremely important to keep you engaged and continuously improving yourself.  As I have mentioned multiple times before, you need to learn from your mistakes as well as other people’s mistakes.  Most people talk about having a role model.  This would be someone you would look up to and try to replicate.  You should also have someone in your life you would not want to be like.  They are probably messing up quite often and not doing great things.  You may want to evaluate what they are doing wrong and do your best not to be like that.

Celebrate our successes is a big one because it helps communicate to others the good things you are doing.  It also reinforces the great things we are doing to ourselves and it allows us to know we are doing well.  Let’s say you complete a course and receive a 4.0 in that course.  This is a huge accomplishment and you should take some time to celebrate.  You can celebrate alone, with friends, with family, or with classmates.  It is completely up to you how you celebrate, but you need to recognize the great stuff you are doing.

The last piece of this I would like to mention is, it is never too late to go back to school.  It may be a bit more challenging as you get older, but many people do it.  Especially today there are online courses you can take and night classes.  It is much easier to learn today than ever before.  Even if you are not going for a full degree, there are many certifications and other programs you can partake in.  It is super exciting to know education is growing and people are pushing themselves to learn more and more.  The key is to never stop learning!

2 Comments on “Education is important – part II

    • Thanks for sharing Paul! It is very good when companies support their employees in going back to school, which also provides more reason to take advantage. I also find going to school while working professionally to further engage me and keep me interested in what I am doing.

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