1. having undergone education
2. characterized by or displaying qualities of culture and learning.
3. based on some information or experience
Now, I consider myself to be an educated person yet I do not hold a degree in any major or concentration. Trust me when I tell you that I understand the importance of “higher education”. I just think people are confused and think that no degree=uneducated. Better yet, some people believe that no degree means you are unable to advance to a certain level, lead a certain group, or organize a particular function.
Some of the most brilliant and creative minds of both past and present are without a formal college education. To those that believe higher education is the end all be all to securing a future, tell that to Mary Kay Ash; the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics, Michael Dell ;the founder of Dell, Bill Gates, Russell Simmons, J.K Rowlings, and Daymond John; founder of FUBU all of whom obtained success without a college degree.
Most people whom I come in contact with are usually surprised to learn that I do not hold a degree as if that means I shouldn’t make the money I make, speak eloquently, or have accomplished the things I have.
Let’s not get it twisted, I would prefer to say that I hold a degree in Business Admin with a concentration in marketing however my tale of woe goes a little something like this….only child in a single parent home, started working and helping mom pay household bills at 16, two summer jobs at 17. Girl has aspirations of going off to college and is accepted into multiple institutions of higher education. Mother sits girl down with worry in her eyes and explains that she cannot afford to send her to college. Girl decides to go off to the marines to help pay for education only to receive a medical discharge during basic due to a back injury. Girl goes to community college, maintains 3.3 or better g.p.a but gets to a point where she is just disinterested in school which leads to multiple lengthy breaks in pursuit to obtain said degree. Hence, how I am 31 and still without a degree.
I’ve simply come to the realization that while I know furthering my education is very important; school just isn’t for me right now. I spend my days focusing on my creative ability by way of putting pen to pad birthing metaphors and telling untold stories.
I am sure that I will come across a many a people who will look at this future bestselling author and my pursuits as unattainable because they don’t feel I am educated enough. To those people, I say this…education starts from the time you are in your mother’s womb and doesn’t end with the pomp and circumstance of graduation day. Everyday there is lesson to be learned and they don’t all come by way of an Institution for higher learning. Common sense, street savvy, and knowing the right people have been known to elevate and propel a huge group of people to success.
Please don’t misunderstand…I am not saying that a college education is not important. I’m saying don’t underestimate the knowledge and the ability of those without one. You never know who you’re talking to or looking down on and it’s quite possible that person could be signing your checks one day.
Food For Thought!
Have you ever looked down on someone because they do not have a degree?
Does no degree=uneducated to you?
Ever felt less than in a room of college graduates?
How many of you work in entry level positions without a degree along side those with a degree?