Many college students believe that once they have all the right knowledge from school that they will have invested in their future and be ready to go out and conquer the world. Is this so, can a mere degree or knowledge allow for this to occur with a high-probability of success?
For their sake I hope so considering the cost of college tuition these days and the student loan debt these kids are taking out as of late. Not long ago, someone explained to me that they had a huge amount of potential and just needed a chance to succeed, even though they hadn't succeeded at much in their other endeavors including school. Okay so let's talk about all this shall we?
You see, I explained to the college kid that I understood his point and argument on his future potential, but also stated; "one thing a wise man once told me, he said to me that I must not expect others to judge me by what I know or believe I will do in the future. He was right, I had always "expected" people to just observe and know that I'd make good, but that's not how we are judged in society, humans don't do it that way, so, you have to achieve or prove yourself first. That's fine, it's the way they do it, so, once you know, then you know what is needed, and can get started right away."
Further, why should a company or employer invest in someone who has potential, when they can get someone who has already proven themselves in other endeavors? You see, it's all about Risk/Reward, investment, lending, trust, etc. Therefore, past success and achievement counts for something. Most college students aren't nearly as brilliant as they believe. In the US I'd say it's really bad, as the young folks are told they are great, we have grade inflation, certificates for basically breathing the air, but these kids are dangerously naive.
So, does that mean that every time you see a college student without former achievement that they are naïve, over confident, or in self-worth denial in their minds? Well from a probability standpoint it would make sense for me to leave that possibility open right? Of course, nothing personal to any college kids out there reading this, I was a college kid too once.
When it comes to college kids it often seems they are straddling two worlds, putting feelers out there. The two worlds; one of mediocrity and go with the flow, and the other something great in their future, something worthy of their time and efforts to make difference, question is; what? Please consider all this and think on it.