Every year, students will wonder why it is important to get an A in geometry or business studies. Does putting in all the work guarantee success in life. After all, some of the most successful persons in life were not A students!
However, the paths some of the most successful persons have followed have depended on education. Even entrepreneurs point at the value of education in their successful business ventures. At what point does college success determine your prospects and how can a student find balance.
The best answer to the question is to look at situations where college success can guarantee a prosperous future. It is also worth looking at instances where success has nothing to do with your college degree.
College success indicates personal initiative
Only diligent students in the class will attain the best grades. Such students dedicate their best hours to their studies. They also go out of their way to get the best learning materials as well as create winning study routines. Such diligence does not end when the student graduates.
Top graduates in class continue going the extra mile in their personal lives and workplaces. Such continuation will result in a successful life. It is also worth noting that some of the top students develop wonderful products while still in college. These products translate into businesses and multinational companies that they run upon graduation. They spend their extra time working on ingenious projects. Diligence, hard work, and creativity are reflected all over their lives. Once it becomes a lifestyle, a successful student will become a successful graduate.
Employers are looking for top brains
It is normal for human beings to desire the best. At work, employers will give priority to top performers during hiring. It becomes the first point where college success becomes necessary for future success. A bright student will, therefore, get a job faster, be hired for better-paying jobs, and start life at a higher speed. The ripple effect of such a head-start is that the chances of success for the bright student will be higher compared to those of a student who scored poor grades. Compared from this perspective, the best-performing college student will have better chances of success in life.
You understand concepts that you will use for entrepreneurship
Academic success in college is more than just the papers. For instance, the top IT graduate is one with the best knowledge of coding, networking, cyber security, and such concepts in IT. From this knowledge, brilliant students in the class have a better chance at developing innovative ideas for entrepreneurship.
It also happens that good performance gives confidence to associates and partners who would like to incorporate you into their projects. It is the beginning of success as an entrepreneur, working alone or with other people. You utilize your brilliance and the confidence it gives people around you to make a bigger step in life.
You get a job to help you raise capital
College students take different paths upon graduation. Students who want to take to entrepreneurship require capital to develop and execute their ideas. One of the places to get the capital is getting a job. Top performers in college get jobs faster and will enjoy better pay. As a result, they can start entrepreneurship ventures faster or easier. It becomes a point of separation as the poor-performing student struggles to raise capital or convince potential investors that his poor grades can still produce a winning idea. Good grades are a springboard that every student can use to launch a successful entrepreneurship career.
Papers only help you to start the journey
On the flip side, good academic performance only helps you to start the journey of success upon graduation. It is what you do upon completion of your studies that determines your rate of success in the future.
An example is a bright student who gets a good salary but does not take the initiative to invest or start a business. The graduate will have a head start in the beginning but will lag behind several years later when a poor performer has invested in his business. Future success has more to do with a consistent effort beyond your academic work and the chances you take. At a point, academic performance ceases to matter.
Education gives you the skills you need to manage assets under your care
Success is more about managing resources and opportunities. It especially works for students with access to resources and opportunities through family businesses and networks. A brilliant student in the class has acquired crucial skills and character to manage these resources better. He will be more trusted in the family business and stand a chance to raise the profile of such businesses. The same applies to opportunities. You have more opportunities that could also be lucrative. If you manage these opportunities well, you have a higher chance of success.
The world is moving towards skills more than academic papers
One of the reasons college success does not translate into future prosperity is the focus on skills. College gives you basic knowledge and skills to start work. If you can sharpen your skills faster than the graduate who was ahead of you, you stand a better chance at success. At a certain point, organizations and clients will be more interested in what you can offer than what you scored in class.
Life deals with people differently
Some will strike success faster while others take time. If you are lucky, one opportunity could propel you to global success within days of graduating top of your class. Others may wait a while. However, it is your diligence upon graduation that determines your ultimate future success.