For 2020 we have to get past the notion that those educated in school are the only ones that can make it in life and the rest of us will be just a statistic. That’s a load of crap! Over the years we’ve put so much emphasis on school and degrees that we look over some of the most creative people on our planet. You may need education to get you started in life, but many of us soon realize life isn’t about education so much as hard work, determination, patience, and performance. Now it may seem like I am against education but nothing can be further from the truth. I educate myself everyday and learn skills that are important and relevant to my life. School doesn’t have the be done within four walls and we need to teach people skills they need. I have yet to use Algebra to this day nor have I rarely used long form division and still am not sure when to use pie squared. All of those topics I was taught in school. What I wasn’t taught in school is how to create a budget, how people skills will enhance my life, and how goal setting will help forward a career. Those things I use everyday!
You Don’t Have to Be a Statistic!
I dropped out of school at the age of seventeen because I liked the creative arts and wanted to be an artist. I didn’t enjoy school other than hanging out with my friends but enjoyed working. I was supposed to be a statistic and in jail because of low education. I got a job in the trucking industry and never looked back. That’s the industry that takes anyone wanting a job and gives them a life. Trucking taught me the value of hard work, time management, performance, pride, and dealing with people, all things I use to this day.
As I sit in a beach chair in the Caribbean I wonder about our education system and the lines people have been told like, “Go to school get a good education so you can have a successful career.” Many of those with that form of thinking are working until retirement focused on money and hoping they live long enough to travel. When you look at many of the successful people in life such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Russell Simmons, and Jack Dorsey to name a few that were all school dropouts you have to wonder about our system.
I want you to stay in school we all need to learn to read and write and do basic math. We also need to unleash our own creative powers and be shown how we can maximize them in life instead of being put into a box as the uneducated. I used to get detentions for the skills I now charge hundreds of dollars for as an entrepreneur. Follow the path that uses your abilities to enhance your life and you will be well on the way to having a fulfilling life. You don’t have to be a statistic!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a creative entrepreneur from Southern Ontario Canada. As an artist, author, podcast producer, and television host Bruce helps inspire people to create careers or businesses from their talents allowing for a fulfilling life. You can learn more about Bruce and his work at www.bruceoutridge.com