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Success in life is a dream for every person in this world. Every person has their own vision of their success in life. Generally, success is an accomplishment of an aim or purpose. If the person said is success, means that he or she is accomplishes his or her dream of life. For example, if his dream of lifetime is be an astronaut, and at the end of his hard work, he becomes an astronaut and flies to the space, therefore he is success in his life. But to get success in life, he or she must fulfilled a lot of requirements and give commitment to the fullest in years, and it must begin from young time. The basic of all requirements is knowledge. Knowledge is a collection of facts, skills and information via education and experience. People get knowledge via education from learn at schools, colleges, universities and other institutions that provide teachers that have a will to teach new generations while knowledge via experience of know, observe, action, involve or expose to the thing or event. Nowadays, people are likely to judge a person by look on his or her academic background. The academic background shows the level of knowledge of his or her where there is a potential of a person to success in his or her own field. For example, if he or she just graduates degree of law with excellent grade from Harvard University, he or she may able to become a successful lawyer. Some of them made it, but some of them are not, which are graduate with excellent grade but difficult to get their dream job of a lifetime. At the end, they were jobless or forget their dream job and shift to another job. Some of them are not able to get study at the best university in the world, not able to get excellent grade and drop out school and colleges, but able to success in their life. For example, the world’s wealthiest man, Bill Gates is a person who drop out colleges, but able to put himself as a successful icon to the world. Another person is Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the famous social network called Facebook. Both of them were incomplete their bachelor degree, but they are famous billionaires in the world (refer to Appendix 1). Therefore, let us find the truth of success of life based on academic background.
Education is important for a person in his or her entire life. Academic success able to transform life and redefine social class by trains the person of self-discipline, and a proof of excellence of academic ability that differentiates his or her with the society. His or her personal academic qualification use by the society to measure his or her knowledge in a certain subject matter and meet the need of the society and affords opportunity of earning a living from it. To get knowledge, the foundation of a new knowledge formed for each understanding. Without knowledge, people are difficult to get wisdom and understanding. Knowledge is an essential of wisdom and understanding. Most of people believe that a person with excellent academic background able to give benefit to the society. This kind of person is likely to be chosen as a worker in a company, as a business partner in run a business and as a life partner in marriage. Even during apply a job, people need to state their academic background in their résumé so employer able to know their ability and level of knowledge. Of course, excellent academic background is qualified to the job and hired to the company, depends on requirements of the company. This means that academic qualification opens a lot of opportunity in a person’s life. The most important is academic provides people with basics of knowledge such as Science, Mathematics and English so when people master these basics they know how to innovate, calculate and communicate. The person who teach them is a professionals, so when they master these basics, they are approved. Certificate is given as a proof of their ability and level of knowledge. The people born from formal education such as doctors, lawyers, and other professionals are needed to raise the development of a country. Even though some billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg succeed without had excellent academic qualification, but they need a lot of educated people to work with them to maintain their company’s performance. A person with excellent academic qualification is able to meet people with various backgrounds, interests and cultures. Educated people forms civilized nation, where all knowledge use to do everything ethically and cultivate moral values in life. Education also makes them know their rights and freedom of life. These people are able to strengthen the country with democracy and lead by excellent leaders.
Some people able to success in his or life without have any excellent academic background. This is because these people were able to change their life and redefine social class with their own determination, where they face the real world. They were observed and learned the environment to survive in the world, meet with a lot of people with various interests, background and culture with lack of education. Of course, they fall often and fail to achieve their purpose, but their aim and purpose is obvious. They learned from the failure and try again with new strategies. They never satisfied to try until they achieve their purpose. These people never know how to give up. They have self-motivated and build confidence as a result of confront the real world. These kind of person even though have lack of academic qualification, but when they confront employer in an interview, they able to convince the employer with their confidence with outstanding personalities and speech, so the employer will have no reason to reject them to be hired in a company. That is the purpose of interview, where interview used by the employer just not judge the people from academic background stated on paper of résumé. They are judge and value people from their personalities, physical characteristics, and willingness to give commitment. Some people graduates from the best universities in the world, but not all of them are success in their life. Success is not determined by academic qualification, but it is determined by luck and hard work. Even though students are learned very well and graduate excellently, they need to apply what they had learned to the real job. The knowledge is useless if they lack of confidence within themselves. Get the job is just a beginning, but the most important is practical of what they had learned. The practical is obviously different from what they learned in class and read in books and it is difficult to apply. It is involves proper planning and strategies to solve anything in crisis. Success also depends on opportunities, and the opportunities are provided by entrepreneurs who not necessarily were highly educated like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg to the educated people to get prosperity. Colleges and universities only provide a system such as examinations, tests, marks and other methods but the system is always fixed. The role of students is by follow the system and the way of think is same. The real world is flexible and change to time to time. A successful person is a person who gets himself or herself out from the box of thinking and varies himself or herself with the flow of the world from time to time. For example, nowadays internet becomes one of the necessities of people’s life and it is become a platform for any business today, where profits are easily get. If people still stay with old method, they will leave out and face loss in business. Some people apply job that they don’t realized that they have to follow the company’s policies and order from the authority, and they do every day is same way. A successful person always improves himself or herself every day. Academic cannot stop people from commit crimes. Most of countries with high number of educated people have the most social problems (Refer to Appendix 3). A few decades ago, employers hired people straight from school at 15 to 16 years old and training and promoting them according to their ability but nowadays jobs required the degree of the applicants. So, this cause’s talented people from lack of academic backgrounds cannot get the same job.
Donald J. Trump, an American successful entrepreneur, who became host of TV show called The Apprentice, state that in his book ” The Official Guides To Real Estate”, he did an experiment in his show where team members of high education fight with team members of less formal education. He found that the key ingredient of success is experience. Experience come from action means that doing. His advice is try take some risks, even if fail. Skills can be acquired from doing, not watching. This means that fail able to teach people how to success in life by trying. If fail, learn from mistakes and do again with different way to achieve success. Success is not just about obtaining knowledge only, but it must come with patience and combine with action and the action requires courage. Academic qualification is a level of knowledge obtained by people from the memorize aspect of learning process in the class to get excellent grades from examination, but the question is what will happen to the knowledge that they had gained after they pass exams. It is wasted effort to concentrate only to the study time, because people’s brains are not able to retrieve all information and knowledge. They should focus on their responsibility in learning, independent, self-reliant, proactive, solutions orientated, experience, skills and qualities within themselves to achieve success. There are a few research made to investigate the relation between practical and academic intelligence (Refer to Appendix 4). One of it is research on milk processing plant workers and the result is the least educated workers able to perform their work more than highly educated white collar workers. Generally, all the research done shows that performance does not related with IQ.
Therefore, success is something that not measured by how many salaries, profits that earned or promotion in a company likes Chief Executive Officer, but it is an accomplishment of a purpose or aim even though it is a small matter such as have a opportunity to play match football with friends or help those people in need. Academic qualification only shows the level of knowledge of the person have, but the most important is the personalities, experiences, and commitment that they put on the job of interest make them success in life.
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