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Does education equal success?

by Bidhata Rai

If you've ever been told that you had to study to be successful in life, you can forget about it. An education can definitely give several advantages, but is it absolutey necessary?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Michael Dell are all successful college drop outs.

A few of these trail blazers chose to pursue the careers they were passionate about rather than get a degree, but some had no choice but to quit college.

Life is short and thinking about things that you are not passionate about could mean wasting time. It’s important to to make the right decision about your career choice.

Steve Jobs dropped out of college because he thought it was too expensive for his parents.

"I never graduated from college and this is the closest I’ve ever got to a college graduation," said Steve Jobs to graduating students at Stanford University.

"I loved doing what I did. You've got to find what you love. The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you think is great work and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. So keep looking and don't settle," Jobs added.

Watch his entire speech on YouTube.

Changing times

"Not having university education might have been acceptable a few decades ago, but things have changed and life's become more competitive today.

I believe I need to be educated to be successful or I won't be noticed," says Lei Yang, a student at the University of Westminster.

Higher education is like the ocean, ever changing. Techniques and teaching methods are having to adapt to keep up with technology and other advances.

Just as teaching methods must adapt so must students to keep pace with the new technology.

Today, higher education is meaningful when chosen carefully. Considering the job market is important also. Where there were many job places in the past there are now field's which have shortages.

Destiny sometimes intervenes

Destiny may favour a few but the rest of us won't be that lucky. Education is the best bet to achieve success.

With qualification and experience one can even hunt his or her fortune later on in life.

Harland Sanders opened his first KFC restaurant at age 65.

Gary Burrel started a GPS giant Garmin at 52.

Herb Kelleher was 40 when he founded Southwest Airlines.

They may have started late in life but had the ingredients for success - education and experience.


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