Advice To Someone About to Finish School

  1. Take some time to find out what you love. A great career isn’t only about doing what you’re good at.
  2. There’s a huge difference between being good at something and loving to do something. You don’t have to do everything you’re good at but it’s a good idea to do something that you love.
  3. Don’t study something just because all your friends are studying it also.
  4. Once you’ve chosen a career path, it’s okay to veer off the road a bit and choose something else. Don’t force yourself to go to a job that’s sucking the happiness out of your soul, simply because¬†you have a qualification for that specific job.
  5. Nobody knows what you’re capable of. Remember that.
  6. You are not your job description or your job title (They aren’t as important or as valuable as you think. Remember, if another human being gave you a job title, they can also take it away). You are the difference you will make in the world. Always try to make someone else’s life just a little bit easier.
  7. Equip yourself with real skills. A real skill is one that you can use to earn an income without needing someone else’s permission.
  8. Academic excellence is no sign of future success. Similarly, failing at school doesn’t mean you’re destined to be a failure at life.
  9. Don’t rely on your parents for everything. Build your skills as fast as you can so that you can start taking care of yourself and, if needed, your parents as well.
  10. School isn’t designed to teach you the most important tools for a meaningful life. Never stop learning.
  11. Embrace the side-hustle economy.
  12. Choosing to get a degree doesn’t necessarily equate to choosing success. We’ve over-glamourized degrees and over-exaggerated their value. The economy values creativity, grit, perseverance, passion, focus, determination, curiosity and vision.
  13. It’s okay not to go to university. In fact, if you already have a passion, spend your free time honing it so that when you’re done with school you’re ready to practise it with confidence.
  14. Some people are crippled by the need for an employer. If someone doesn’t employ them, they can’t earn an income. Don’t cripple yourself by setting yourself up to earn an income from a qualification that is predicated on you being employed.

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