Had lunch today at a market in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is an university town near Cape Town. It is overrun for most of the year by young ambitious students that have their whole future in front of them.
At our table, we were two couples with a combined age north of 180 years. The student table also had two couples, combined age of 72 years. Yet it became quite clear that they knew exactly how the world works, what days are the best for having a good time, where drinks are cheap and when you should apply yourself to work. The latter did get a mention but only to fits of winking and laughter.
Life is too short to miss the opportunities that are within your reach. I did start a degree many years ago, but never finished. It is an everlasting disappointing moment for me. My life took on a trajectory of work, work, work. I have achieved much success but I believe that with the correct qualification I could have maybe reached higher sooner. I am still a believer that breakthrough is coming, stay in the ring and keep swinging.
Thus I want to encourage all students, FOCUS and FINISH! Your qualification itself does not make you a better person, but it does show commitment and perseverance, a willingness to work and learn.Those that are not convinced they are studying the correct course, go see the guidance councilor, get a mentor and at least complete a qualification that you will be proud of. Do it for you first and foremost! These are potentially the most fun years of your life. Enjoy it to the fullest.
Never stop learning. Read books. Enroll in online short courses. Study part time. Do what ever you enjoy and never stop learning.
All the best to all the students of life, no matter your age. Every day is a school day!