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8 Reasons Why Education Is the Key to Success

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Education is so integral to how society functions, and how you live your life. This is for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that education is the key to all future success, and in most cases the more you learn and know, the more successful you will be.

Why is this, and what is it about learning that makes you more likely to be successful in whatever endeavor you decide to move onto after (or even during) your studies? Read on to find out more.

You Have Control Of Your Life

Without a good education, it is easy to let the circumstances of your birth and life dictate what you do in the future. When you have the knowledge and learning that a good education can bring you – assuming you study hard while you have the opportunity – then you will have much more control over the direction you go in. You can change your life for the better just by attending school and making the most of the educational opportunities afforded to you.

For example, without education you might choose a certain career because it seems like the only thing you can do – it’s the only thing open to you. When you have limited choices like this, you are much more likely to be unhappy in what you are doing, and feel like you have absolutely no control. If you do have an education and the right qualifications, then you can choose your own path, and make sure you pick one you’ll be happy doing.

It’s Not Just About You

Education isn’t just about you. It’s true that you are the one that your own education impacts most directly, but other people can also benefit from your knowledge, and in gaining an education, or going back to school and gaining an additional education you are making the world a better place.

Through education, you can learn much more about other people and cultures, and you’ll discover the rights and wrongs that happen in the world. Knowing this and being armed with the right tools, you can do something about it. The more people who are better educated, the more ignorance can be stamped out, and the more peaceful our world should in theory be.

You Can Get Further

Without an education, or a very limited one, you can only get to a certain level in your career. For those who are more ambitious, this can deal a massive big blow as they simply cannot seem to climb the ladder of success, no matter how hard they try.

Working hard at school and then going on to achieve the right qualifications, or perhaps even leaving high school, starting work, and then studying an online course such as nursing or accountancy (and there are many other courses too) will enable you to not only pick the career that you want, but to get further in it than you would without your education. You can achieve much more with the right knowledge.

Getting further in your career also means that you should earn more money. If you look at a DNP executive leadership salary, you’ll see that it is many times more than a nurse’s would be without this additional learning and the qualification that goes with it. The more successful you want to be and the more money you want to earn, the better an education you’ll need to have behind you.

It Gives You Confidence

Education is important for many different reasons, but the fact that having a good education also gives you the confidence to go out into the world and do what you want and be as successful as possible, is one of the most important.

The most successful people in the world are the ones who ooze confidence in their own skillset. With a good education and all the qualifications you might need, knowing that you are good at what you do and that you know what you need to know (and understand it thoroughly) means you are more likely to go out into the world and apply for the jobs that require that additional learning.

Without the confidence that education gives you, you might never have the courage to try new things, to switch careers, to aim for that promotion, or even to apply for jobs in the first place. Being sure about what you know and understanding how to apply it in the workplace is crucial, and education will enhance this.

You’ll Be Better At Finances

Something that many people wish they were taught at school is how to manage finances. Once you leave that level of education and have to go out into the world, and start budgeting and paying bills and taxes, and making sure there is enough money for the rent, for example, everything becomes a lot more stressful.

When you’ve been supplied a better education, you’re more easily able to deal with financial issues that come with being an adult. When you go away to college, you need to be able to budget, and you need to be able to prioritize what is most important to buy (such as paying your rent, buying food, and buying any books and equipment you need to study) and what you really don’t need. This skill – even if you don’t know it, really is a skill – it’s something that will help you greatly in later life, and should never be underestimated.

Even if you don’t have to budget so much whilst gaining your education (you might be studying online as you work, or going to night school, for example), you will still be able to better understand finances and work out how to use what you have in the best possible way. You can also work out what level of job you need and what salary is going to be the optimum for you, and this will help you decide which direction to go in and what qualifications you need to obtain.

Keeps Your Brain Busy

They say that if you want something to be done well, then you should give the task to a busy person. Those who have nothing to do and don’t push themselves are those who find jobs that simply pass the time and don’t challenge them. Although these jobs are fine, of course, and can be enjoyable, they can also be boring and unstimulating. This might sound wonderful to busy people, but it’s actually not so fun at all after a while – you will start to feel unhappy in all aspects of your life and you will potentially feel as though you could and should be doing more.

When you are more educated, you will be able to find a job that fulfills your needs and – importantly – keeps you busy for the whole day. You will feel much more successful and needed, and you will enjoy your work much more.

Plus, education is a good way to make the most of any free time you might have. Those who have boring jobs that don’t push them might, for example, choose to take on a new challenge and start a degree course. This will fill up their time and make them feel more useful, plus it will allow them to get a better, more interesting job that helps to make them feel more worthwhile, motivated, and inspired.

Be The Best – Get Ahead Of The Competition

It’s certainly fair to say that there is a lot of competition in the workplace, whether you are working for someone else, looking for work, or even starting your own business. Whatever you can do in any of these situations to make yourself stand out and get ahead of the competition, will stand you in good stead no matter which direction you happen to choose.

Having the right level of education behind you and achieving good grades and qualifications is certainly one way to ensure you are seen as the best candidate or the best business to work with. The more you know, the more you can impress potential employers or customers, and you can show you are an expert in your field. People will have more confidence in your abilities, and you are more likely to stand out and be noticed – and therefore be more successful – than if you didn’t have a great background in education. Without it, you could easily fall into the crowd and miss out on wonderful, exciting opportunities.

Your Dreams Can Come True

Finally, you don’t want to look back on your life and see that it is full of regrets. You don’t want to wish you had tried this or done that. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to get a great education in whichever way suits you best, at the time that suits you best. Having this education behind you means you can do what you want to do, and make your dreams come true.

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Danuta Smoluk is a teacher with over three decades of experience teaching both children and adults. She specializes in teaching the Polish language to English-speakers. She has a master's degree in primary and early childhood education from WSP Słupsk (currently Pomeranian University in Słupsk) and had her degree validated by University of Toronto. Aside from education, she also has an interest in real estate and home improvement. She has planned and supervised many house renovations. She loves interior design, cooking, and gardening.

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