What does every young person need to learn in order to become a successful adult?
Here are our answers to that question.
In the real world, nobody cares about exams, grades, or any of that nonsense. We want people who have practiced and improved their craft, and the only way to measure that is through action.
Think your entry level job in sales or retail is a waste of time? It’s actually teaching you incredibly valuable life skills — skills even universities have forgotten how to teach.
Seeing money as a resource to hoard is a damaging mindset. Instead, we should use money to invest in ourselves to lead a richer, more fulfilling, and wealthier life.
Most schools have physical education programs that force students to participate in sport and expect them to enjoy it. This isn’t what exercise is supposed to be. We should enjoy physical activity in and of itself.
There’s a shocking lack of evidence that socializing with others of the same age generates any kind of real benefits. Educators have known for decades that cognitive development is enhanced when kids interact with different age groups in the classroom, even when those groups are years apart.
University teaches us that focusing on achievements is a good thing. This mindset isn’t beneficial in the long term, though, as it leaves you dependent on others to shore up your own ego. If you really want to be happy, you need to seek motivation from a more personal source: yourself.
Do you have a right to be happy? A right to be satisfied at your job? A right to friendship?
Stop and really think about it for a moment. Think about what it takes to get those things in your life. Are you entitled to them simply because you exist?
Young people make mistakes, just like everyone else. If they are to learn and grow from those mistakes, though, both parents and universities have to stop treating them like infants.
You’ve no doubt heard teachers, parents, or coaches talking about the importance of self-esteem. Maybe you’ve even had a professor tell your class that you are all special.
Going to university is expensive. Most people assume it’s because institutions have to pay professors and maintain large campus grounds, but it turns out this has little to do with tuition rates.