7 reasons why degree holders are poor
✓ Your degree or certificate is not the cure to poverty; the cure to poverty is your ability to see and seize opportunities. In this Article, the word P.O.O.R means: Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly
✓ Dear Graduates, if somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes then learn how to do it later! Never should you say you don’t know. School rewards people for their memory.
✓ Being on top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. The world is filled with poor graduates but rich opportunists! Kevin Ngo once said, “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want”.
1. They don’t think beyond their certificates
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think,” Albert Einstein said. Have you ever heard the creativity term “think outside the box”? One of the main reasons the majority of graduates are poor is simply that they cannot see and think beyond their certificates.
I’ve seen students in engineering working as bankers. I’ve seen doctors with superb web and graphic design skills. I’ve seen lawyers who are very cunning about the finances. The list goes on without end!
The fundamental truth of life is that the skills needed to be much sought after and to become more successful in life are not really found within the classroom walls. Your certificate is just evidence that you can be taught; it doesn’t suggest what you can do. When you think beyond your diplomas and certificates you are full of possibilities.
2. They prioritize their certificates more than their gifts and talents
I have often advised some of my colleagues to never leave their gifts dormant with their certificates while pursuing and hunting for jobs. In pursuing your passion and in searching for jobs there has to be a complementary balance.
Everyone is talented for something, but the winning edge comes from our ability to work on our gifts and thereby bless the world. The best way to develop you is toward your natural talents and interest. We need to work harder on our gift than our job if we are to live a fulfilled and impactful life. We need to uncover, develop and sell our gift. Don’t bury your certificates with TALENT.
3. Their certificates prepare them for a world that no longer exist
It was found that, in the present world, most of the skills taught in schools are becoming obsolete. The world has changed a great deal and so is the need of people! Knowing that the current form of university education doesn’t prepare students for the future is imperative.
In the face of a changing world graduates are becoming endangered species. Our archaic methods and learning approaches are preparing graduates for a world that no longer exists, as each year we churn out degree holders with face value certificates but no intrinsic value.
In a changing world, most learning institutions are filled with lecturers and pseudo-educators with lecture notes, methods and approaches that have lost relevance.
WHY ARE DEGREE HOLDERS POOR?
4. They know less about themselves but more about things
Certificates and degrees do not reveal themselves to people; they measure our IQ (Intelligent Quotient) to the most. Often I’ve told people there’s no recovery without Discovery. A poor man is just someone who hasn’t come across himself.
The more you discover yourself, the more you become aware of the treasures hidden deep within you. We carry latent treasures within ourselves which can only be unveiled through self-discovery.
5. Certificates and degrees can kill initiatives
Degrees and certificates can close your mind to ideas while it opens up initiatives. If you are not careful, your qualifications and certificates can close your mind. The purpose of education is to keep your mind open to boundless possibilities forever!
Fred Smith saw an opportunity to deliver anything overnight anywhere in the USA, and FedEx was born to deliver ultra-fast delivery anywhere in the world. It’ll be interesting to know that in a Yale economics class, Fred Smith got a grade “C” for an idea that the professor belittled as unworkable.
The firm of Fred Smith became the first American business to make an annual profit of more than ten billion dollars. Starting with just 186 packages delivered the first night, FedEx now delivers over 6,030 aircraft, 46,000 vehicles and 141,000 employees in more than two hundred countries.
6. Degrees and certificates position you to look for jobs and not for opportunities
Our certificates and degrees prepare graduates to look for jobs and do not open our eyes to opportunities that change lives. You’re not poor because you don’t have a job; you ‘re poor, because you don’t see opportunities and take them.
To be POOR is simply repeatedly passing over opportunities! What keeps people ahead in life is not their education or degrees, they simply seized the opportunity. Jobs may be scarce but opportunities aren’t.
There will always be opportunities, as long as there is a problem to be solved. It’s a waste of our education, exposure, and experiences if all we think about after graduating from school is seeking a job. An enlightened and educated mind should be able to see opportunities and to seize them.
7. Certificates and degrees prepare people to look for security and not to take risks
We need to be willing to make mistakes and take risks at breakthrough. Learning from mistakes and taking risks help us to know what works and what doesn’t! When Thomas Edison was questioned by a mischievous journalist as to how he felt he had failed 999 times before he got the idea of the light bulb, his answer stunned the entire world when he said confidently, “I have not failed 999 times, I have only learned 999 ways of not making a light bulb.”
Many graduates and graduate holders are becoming progressively poor because there is no teaching in schools and institutions about the skills required in the modern world to get rich.
By 2025, automation will cause us to lose over five million jobs. That means that by the time many people graduate from university, future jobs will look vastly different.
Future jobs will involve KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION / CREATION and innovation, and in an ever-changing world, people who are only equipped with the skills found in the classroom will certainly be misfit. Skills such as critical thinking , creativity, ability of people, STEM skills (e.g. coding), complex problem-solving skills, etc. are key to a more comprehensive and productive life.
Therefore, in conclusion, My humble and candid advice to graduates and students in institutions is to think broadly, deeply and beyond the box. Take volunteer jobs, and don’t be afraid to navigate fields other than your learning field. In order to come up with creative solutions to future problems, your future career will require you to draw information from many different fields.
Start by reading about anything and everything that interests you, as much as you can. Once you have reached college, consider double majoring or minoring in entirely different fields. Trust me, in the long run, that’ll pay off.
Don’t just restrict yourself to class. Do something concrete. Take a leadership stance. Start a business and fail; the entrepreneurship is better. Contest, and lose an election. Something political science won’t teach you it will teach. Waiting for a seminar, Read books outside of your course spectrum.
Think less about becoming a great student but think more about becoming a great person. Don’t make your world a classroom, but make the world your classroom. Go ahead, and try something extra.
Invest in what you believe in! Real financial security and freedom is not your job, but your passion, your gifts, your talents and your ability to see and seize opportunities.