As a student, it is possible you are thinking that
getting a good grade is all that matters
(because that’s what you have been made to
believe). So you work hard, put in the needed
effort just to see that you achieve that. Well,
that’s good but what you may not know is that
getting a formal education is different from
getting a life.
I know you are planning to get a good job and
have a successful life. The thing is that, for you
to achieve that, you have to face the real
world. It will test you. This kind of test is
different from the one you take in school. As
you may not have learnt much about the real
world. I want to point out here 5 things every
student must bear in mind before your
1. A Good Degree Does Not Guarantee A Good
Job, Your Brain And Skills Do
To get a degree certificate is good but gone are
the days when jobs will be waiting for you the
moment you leave school as a graduate. What
matters in the job market today is what you
can offer; what you can do.
There are thousands of unemployed people
with same level of degree that you have. What
do you think that will differentiate you and
give you the needed edge, if not your skills and
your ability to think and solve issues? You
never can tell, that skill you consider menial
can earn you more than your degree and
certificate could possibly earned you. I have a
pretty long list of people who aren’t employed
or earning a dime with their certificates but
are fully employed and earning big with one
skill or the other they picked up along the line.
Look out for practical skills in your field of
discipline and learn all you can. It does not
even have to be just in your area of discipline.
Believe me, in the real world you need the
hard skills (e.g Proficiency in a foreign
language, Computer programming etc) as well
as the soft skills (e.g Communication, Time
Management, Team work etc) to succeed.
2. Your “A”s in School Will Not Necessarily
Translate To Success In The Real World
Robert Kiyosaki (one of the world’s richest
entrepreneurs) once told a story about what
happened during his senior year in high
school. He and one of his close friends named
Mike were lined up in front of a small group
of students made up primarily of the leaders
(bright students) of their class. Their guidance
counselor turned to him and Mike and said,
“The two of you will never amount to
anything,” primarily because they were doing
terribly poor academically.
Few years after graduation Robert and Mike
went for their High School Reunion and Guess
what? the so called class leaders were still
struggling and had not become successful in
the years after high school. Where as Robert
and his friend, Mike are already successful big
Success in life is a product of the application of
success principles. And unfortunately they
don’t teach you that in school. You need to self-
educate yourself on that. Go beyond pursuing
good grades and take time to develop yourself.
Never run from what you need to learn. Learn
and apply the principles of success (they are
universal) in all you do and you will succeed.
3. Who You Know Is As Important As What You
What you know may be enough to get you
through school. However, in the real world,
who you know is as important as what you
know. Now, don’t get it twisted. I am not trying
to say that without connections, you will not be
successful and live the good life you dream of.
I am only saying that with the right
connections the process would be easier and
shorter. Therefore you need to build and
maintain the right connections and learn to
leverage on them when need be. So have it in
mind that your skills and knowledge are
important but then so are the people you know.
Bottom line: The two are important to your
4. One Of The Most Important Things You Need
To Manage Well Is Money
In the real world Money is an important tool.
It’s going to feed you, puts clothes on your
back, and puts a roof over your head. You may
not really know the value of money probably
because you have always received it from
friends and family without really working for
Yeah, you have that privilege now but you
won’t in the nearest future. If you do not learn
how to manage it now you may likely end up
broke and in debt when you face the real
world and trust me, it won’t be funny at all.
When it comes to managing money I have
three rules for you: Save it! Invest it! Multiply
5. True Success Does Not Happen In A Flash
True Success is not by accident. It involves
process. It is an accumulation of certain habits
and principles practiced within a stretch of
time. The road to true success is often bumpy.
It takes time. Little wonder many usually try to
use a “shortcut” by getting involved in shady
lifestyles. That will only be counter-productive
in the long run. The only way I know to hasten
success is to have a PHD. I guess you are
wondering what that means? Well, it simply
means Passion, Hunger and Drive. And don’t
equally forget to put God at the center of it all.
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