If you were to lose every material thing that you own today, and you are left without anything on your name; what unique skills and knowledge do you have that people will be ready to pay you for?
- You can lose your business: Businesses fail due to unforeseen circumstances, such as the COVID-19 pandemic that has engulfed the world.
- You can lose your houses and other property: houses 🏘 can burn down and property can get auctioned due to unpaid loans.
- You can lose your 🚘 cars. Cars get stolen, or written off through accidents. In some circumstances, insurance is never always going to come to your rescue.
The only thing that you’re sure of not losing, in a lifetime, is a good education and the skills that you acquire through learning.
You may lose everything else, but these two will stick with you till death do you apart.
A good education is not all about classrooms and books. No. A good education is about learning as much as you can, through the classroom, through the books that you read on your own, and by constantly learning new practical skills.
Learning is a continuous process. It happens wherever you’re, not just in the classroom and lecture halls. You only need to be intentional about it. Learn to learn on the go.
Never listen to people who tell you that you don’t need a good education to succeed in life. Of course, there are many highly successful business people who had an average education, and a few who had no education at all.
But, look at who runs their businesses. They employ the brightest accountants, lawyers and human resource managers to run their businesses!
The big question still remains, is education important to them or not? If it weren’t, then they would just employ school dropouts to run their blue-chip companies. No?
What’s more, how many such highly “successful” but illiterate people do you know? You can count them using the fingers on your hands.
I am using the word successful very carefully here, because success is not all about having bags 💼 of money 💰.
Education powers the world. That debate is already closed.
No country has ever prospered without a sound education system.
As the great Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
The same African statesman went ahead to say:
“Education is the great engine of personal development.
It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor,
that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine,
that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation.
It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
After the recently released KCPE and KCSE results, I saw many people argue that one doesn’t necessarily need good grades to make it in life, which is true.
But, some seemed to imply that one doesn’t necessarily need a good education to be successful in life.
Let’s get one thing clear: A good education isn’t synonymous with good grades. You can get a good education without necessarily having the best grades.
But that doesn’t mean that your children shouldn’t aspire to get the best grades either. The world is highly competitive and the best grades can give you an edge over competition, especially in the job market.
There is need to encourage our children to take their education seriously. We shall have done a great disservice to them, if we encourage any notion in them, which implies that they don’t necessarily need a good education to make it in life.
Most importantly, let’s remind them that a truly good education is all that remains in them, long after they have forgotten everything else that they were taught.
This is what comprises of the skills that will make them stand out of the crowd. It’s what will ensure that they are needed, wherever they go, even when they have no material thing on their name.