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The Great Degree Delusion: It's Not What You Think
The world has sold us an expensive story. We've been told that our degree is the golden ticket, the passport to a successful life.
"We've always done it this way," they say. University, degree, job, success.
But let's question this narrative. Let's turn it on its head.
Your degree. Does it define you?
Does it encompass your creativity? Your grit? Your knack for seeing what others don't?
A degree might open doors, but it doesn't keep them open. That's on you.
Remember Thomas Edison? Dropped out of school at age 12. Yet he invented the electric light bulb. And Richard Branson? Left school at 16. Now he's shooting for the stars, literally.
Schooling ≠ Education.
They're not against each other, but they're not the same.
Schooling is about conformity. It's about fitting into boxes. Education, on the other hand, is about liberation. It's about thinking outside the box.
Your degree only matters as much as you believe it does. If you see it as your worth, then that's what it becomes. But if you see it as a stepping stone, an accessory, then that's what it is.
Think about it.
In today's dynamic world, the most successful people aren't just degree holders. They're lifelong learners. They're those who adapt, who question, who dare to be different.
So don't let your degree define you. You are not a piece of paper.
Instead, define your degree. Use it, but don't be used by it.
Remember, your worth isn't determined by the letters after your name. It's determined by the thoughts in your mind, the passion in your heart, and the actions in your life.
Your degree is a part of your story, but it isn't your story.
Don't buy into the degree delusion.
Define your path. Define your success. After all, you are the author of your own story.
And in your story, your degree only matters as much as you believe it does.