Is Education Important To Get Ahead In Life?

Education is defined as“The action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university”

We think of education in terms of school. From as early as we can remember we go to school, when done with high school many go to college or a university.

Is all of that really needed? Do we need to go for twelve, fourteen, or more years in order to live a comfortable life?

If you look at study after study, you will see that the more education the more likely you are to make more money. This makes sense, especially when considering the expertise that cannot be had other than through a university.

However, does that mean if you didn’t go to college and get a degree that you are not going to make a good living?

I say a resounding NO!

The Traditional Route

When you turn 5 you are thrown into the machine that “educates” you. You learn the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

As the years go on these become more and more difficult until you finally are a senior in high school and you rule the school. Of course if you want to continue down this traditional path you have already applied to colleges and universities.

Once there you spend the next 2 to 4 years getting a degree and if you want to get an even better one then it’s going to take even longer.

You go through this process and usually rack up a ton of student loan debt, possibly even credit card debt, but you now have that education.

This unfortunately doesn’t guarantee you a job.

My Route of Education

Fortunately or unfortunately I do not have a college education. The way things are going for my I never will, and I’m ok with that.

I have decided to go another way to get my “education”. I don’t believe that you have to go through years of schooling to learn to be a better person.

Now before someone starts talking about how it’s important and needed, I get that, I do. I go to a Doctor every year and if I found out he didn’t have more than a high school diplomat, yeah I would have a problem with that.

I also think more is required if you want to be a scientist, astronaut, lawyer, or anything else of that magnitude. But at the same time, if you don’t want to be that, if what you want doesn’t require a college or university degree, then there is another way.

School of “Hard Knocks”

I don’t recommend this but we have all gone through it in one way or another. I through getting into debt, as well as many other mistakes.

My father often tells me that no one taught him he learned everything on his own. Whether that’s true or he just wanted to toughen me up I really couldn’t tell you, but I think that we all learn in different ways.

Reading

Well in high school we had “required readings” which at the time I hated. I disliked reading, and the books they picked were just terrible.

Now I realize the import of those books, even the ones I hated. They taught us different things that we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Opened our imaginations to worlds that don’t really exist, helped us time travel thousands of years ago. Books also taught me how to do things like cook, how to read a companies earnings, and how to write.

I now read business books, investing books, and sci-fi books. I for a time wrote every month what books I had read and would like to get back to doing that starting this month.

Through books, I intend to further my education make me a smarter person capable of more than I currently am.

Blogs and Podcasts

I read blog’s everyday, I look forward to some of my favorite authors (many I met recently), and hang on their every word.

I also listen to podcasts in the same fashion. I don’t do this simply for entertainment, though they can be. I do this because I want to learn. I follow financial blogs and podcasts to help better my own financial situation and make better decisions in the future. Business ones to help start, maintain, and grow my businesses.

Through these forms of “education” I have created this site, started writing for others, drive for lyft and uber, and created a 5 figure Amazon business.

Courses

I keep saying I’m going to take a real estate course, but haven’t yet. What I have taken is Jon Morrows Guest Blogging Course, as well as Harry Campbells Maximum Rideshare Course. Both of which have paid for themselves many times over.

I have many more courses that I would like to take in the near future but have to set aside time to do them. There are some freelancing ones, as well as finally doing a real estate one.

This type of “education” is more hands on than the other two mentioned. It actually guides you through and teaches you something, one of the courses actually gave me a certificate.

Conclusion

I may get in trouble for this article, but I think it’s important that people know there options. If you want to go to college it may be the best thing for you. I urged my younger brothers to go and some did.

I also want you to work hard. If you don’t go to college don’t let it be because you don’t want to do the work. It may be MORE work to learn the other ways I have mentioned.

In fact if you get nothing from this entire article, get this. Whatever you do work hard at it. Hard work is the most important thing, education can make it easier, whether that education is the traditional route or any other.

*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on brokeGIRLrich. *
 

14 thoughts on “Is Education Important To Get Ahead In Life?”

  1. When I went to college, I didn’t have a clear idea of what career path I wanted to follow in life. And so I ended up majoring in history and minoring in philosophy, neither of which ended up helping my career path. I think college can work very well if a) you succeed in a traditional education environment, 2) you know what you want to do, and 3) what you want to do is closely aligned with traditional education. But for many that’s simply not the case, and they may be better off in a trade school, or learning in the working world, or learning on their own. I think the important thing is to figure out what works for you and then, as you said, to work hard.

    1. Gary my sister in law was very similar. She went to college for so long and never actually finished anything, she ended with a bunch of student loans and no degree. She shortly became a stay at home mom and has been for the last 12 years, of which her college education did absolutely nothing for. She works hard and my Niece and Nephews are well taken care of so I would call it a job well done.

  2. I have a college degree. My four years at Mississippi University for Women were four of the best years of my life. I learned inside the classroom, and out of it. I’ve never regretted one minute of my college education. On the other hand, I like school and I work in a field that requires academic credentials. But what about people who don’t? I think the strong push to send everyone to college is harmful. We have need of skilled workers who aren’t necessarily interested in or good at academics. This “college for everyone” idea just increases college costs and debt and doesn’t add much, if anything to their lives.

    1. RAnn, I recently listened to a podcast episode of School of Greatness where the interviewed the host of Dirty Jobs. He spoke about all this well paying jobs, some of which are some of the wealthiest in the world, that most people aren’t willing to do. Education is important and for people that want to work in fields that require the education they should get the best, but sometimes you can learn as you go and be way better off.

  3. While I think success stories without degrees are inspiring, I have lived in areas where college degrees are not the norm and the difference in economic status is palpable. Can you reach what we label as economic success without a degree? Absolutely! Especially if you have proximity to opportunity. But I do still think your odds go up if you go to school.

    1. I think it’s important to have a degree if you are planning on getting into a field that requires it. Other than that though education from a different form is good. For instance you don’t really need an associates degree to be a car mechanic. But, you do need specialized training otherwise please don’t touch my car lol. This is a VERY basic way of explaining it but I think you get it.

  4. I whole-heartedly agree that you do not need a college education. I went to grad school to “be a writer,” yet grad school didn’t do much for my writing. The time I spent reading independently in grad school did, though. All grad school really did for me was give me the credential to be a college professor (one of those few things you need the credential for.) But I don’t think you need it. You do need what you already possess: an inquisitive nature, curiosity about the world, and the desire to grow.

    Fun fact: I’m the product of a high school dropout and a valedictorian. Education was important in my family, but so was self-education.

    1. Thanks for that Amanda, my grandfather never made it through the 3rd grade and was able to create a business that made the equivalent of $750k a year. So many people focus on the degree without a focus as to why and that’s unfortunate.

  5. With higher education costs on the rise, and the holes in traditional blue-collar fields, I don’t think everyone needs to attend college. It can be an amazing asset for some, especially if you are able to get scholarships or find creative funding to avoid debt. But you can make just as much money by owning your own business in a dirty job field. I want my kids to know that there are options available to them, and that college isn’t necessarily the next step for everyone.

    1. Jamie, I don’t have kids but if I did I would hope to teach them that hard work is the important thing. Living the life you WANT to live is more important than anything else and if a degree is needed to live that life then I’m all for it. If however you want to take a trade, or start a business then you may be able to do with a lot less education than traditionally thought.

  6. I think college is up to the individual. Like I wanted to be a CPA so I knew undergrad and getting a masters was necessary, but my younger sister wants to own a restaurant and doesn’t want to pursue anything past an associate’s degree. And that is okay. She won’t need to do all that because for her experience is the best teacher. But she knows if she ever needs help she has us (my brother is an accountant too)

    1. I love having friends and family that are able to help out. I also love restaurants owned by them because it’s always the best food.

      It’s all about what your goals are and what you need to reach them.

  7. College definitely isn’t for everyone – but some sort of education does seem best. Trade schools have this stupid stigma, but that’s good work that needs to be done and most of the folks who attend them come out with little or no debt, it only takes about 2 years and they have lots of job prospects. They also don’t usually have to sit behind a desk their entire life.

    1. My Mother-in-Law went to trade school that took less than a year and has now been doing hair for nearly 20 years. She makes more than I do with my 9 to 5 and she works way less hours. People think that trade schools are what you do if you can’t go into college but in reality many people could do with just a trade school and would be fine.

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