Are Paper Qualifications Important?

When we were young, many of our parents exhorted us to study hard and find a good job. For most common people, the goal of life is to obtain a respectable income, work hard and then retire. For this plan to work – if it even works, that is – one has to obtain certification of the highest calibre possible. Failure to do so would mean a lower income and consequently a less comfortable life. However, industries are no longer looking for individuals with extraordinary academic qualifications. In fact, unemployment numbers are going up and it is common to be retrenched at middle age – commonly known as mid-life crisis. Clearly, relying solely on a high-paying job is not sustainable in the long run. This brings us back to the question: Is certification that important? Is it a crucial part of success? My answer to this is a resounding NO. In this article, I will the discuss the reasons for this viewpoint and attempt to convince my readers that a person’s learning attitude is of higher importance. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter!

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#1: A Person’s Learning Attitude Matters More

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Knowledge without wisdom is inherently useless. Without the desire to learn, to improve and to explore, your mind will be the prison in which you will rot. The world is advancing rapidly even as we speak. Those who do not embrace change will be swept and blindsided by it. In life, we will inevitably face many crises that threaten to turn our lives upside down, the most recent being the COVID-19 pandemic that threatened job security around the world. It is of paramount importance that we learn to adapt to our surroundings and learn a little of everything. Learning a little of everything refers to exploring all sorts of skills and industries with an open heart, regardless of your current biases. Thus, you will be better prepared to move from industry to industry. Those who master this skill will often fare better than those who have loads and loads of qualifications for a certain skill but know nothing about everything else. Those who are overspecialised face higher risks of becoming obsolete. For instance, a world-class pianist who loses control of his hands due to paralysis will not be able to earn as much as he used to. Furthermore, he has no skills that are valuable in other industries. In other words, placing all your eggs in one basket is not a wise decision.

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#2: Certification Is Nothing If You Lack Financial Intelligence

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Why is it that there are highly educated individuals who face money problems or bankruptcy? How is it that individuals such as Warren Buffett and Donald Trump, who may seem less educated and qualified, are able to build their wealth while others struggle? The difference between the upper and middle classes is financial intelligence. In other words, those who do not know how to control their finances will eventually find themselves controlled by money. How is this so? See, the difference is that the rich let money work for them, while the poor work all their lives for money. The poor work incessantly – our parents once told us to “work hard and get a secure, high paying job” – in hopes of a pay raise. Even after these individuals obtain their beloved pay raises, they still have no idea how to use their hard-earned cash. Often, they lose their hard-earned cash due to taxes and high expenses, which threaten to devour them alive. And when they find themselves without a job, they realise they have nothing left – assets – to rely on. Those who believe that the government care for them will also find themselves disappointed – there has been cases, not only in the US, where governments are unable to provide the money for citizens’ retirement. The rich on the other hand, spend their lives buying assets – stocks, bonds and real estate. Moreover, the rich lead frugal lifestyles so as to reduce their expenses and set aside more towards assets. Initially, time and effort is required in managing and growing these assets. However, after a period of time, the assets no longer need the care of their owners – these assets have become so extensive and self-sustaining that they are paying for themselves over and over. This is much like growing a tree – at first, extensive and regular watering is needed. However, after a while, the tree’s roots become so deep and extensive that they no longer need the support of their owners. In other words, the rich no longer have to work for money, as money works for them now. In conclusion, certification will not help you, in any way, to effectively survive the conditions of this world. You need to have the attitude to learn and diligently build up your financial intelligence.

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#3: Social Intelligence Plays A Bigger Part In Success Than Certification

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Every human brain consists of the left hemisphere, which is responsible for technical knowledge such as mathematics, and the right hemisphere, which is responsible for more abstract subjects like emotions and visualisation. Often, we focus on cultivating our left brains so much that we forget about the right. A scientist can make amazing discoveries, but without the skill to present it to others, his work inevitably ends up lost in time. No one is an island. Each and every one of us has to work with others one way or another. As the saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Without the help of others, we will struggle on the path to success – some of us may even die trying. On the other hand, with the support of our friends, associates and loved ones, attaining success becomes easier. That being said, developing one’s social intelligence is easier said than done. Cultivating it requires self-reflection and empathy. Furthermore, the building of trust between 2 or more parties requires time. While it is difficult, mastering the art of social intelligence will pay dividends down the road and make life easier.

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Conclusion

Moral of the story: Certification is not a one-way ticket to success. To achieve success, one must cultivate one’s financial and social intelligence, and possess the passion to learn continuously. The world is changing rapidly. We should embrace change rather than go against it. I hope that you found some enlightenment from my article. If you did find this article helpful, do consider giving it a like! Do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t done so! Thanks for reading!

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Further Reading

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Why You Should Grow Your Own Herbs

In the midst of my boredom during the COVID-19 period, I decided to try growing herbs for myself. More specifically, I chose to plant Basil as I heard that it is relatively easy to grow for a beginner. As Basil is quite a fast grower, mine became mature in about 3 weeks. During the process, I found that growing your own herbs is not that difficult after all and it can be quite a rewarding experience as well. In this article, I will show you why you should grow your own herbs, whether it is for use in the kitchen or just for fun. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter at www.bestofwrite.com. Without any further delay, let’s dive right in!

#1: Save Money

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Herbs can be quite expensive, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. However, growing your own herbs is relatively inexpensive. All you have to do is to buy a seed packet, some soil and a pot, all of which should cost you about 7 USD or more. You might comment that 7 USD is quite a lot of cash for planting herbs. My answer is that this is an investment. A seed packet contains tens or even hundreds of seeds and a single plant can provide you with a plentiful herbs all year round. Furthermore, you can actually “duplicate” some herb plants by taking a cutting and immersing it in a glass of water. After a few days, you may notice the cutting growing roots. Once you see that, replant it into another pot. Look! You made another plant from a single plant! How crazy is that? Of course, you could do this many, many times and you would have an endless supply of herbs. If done correctly, the money you paid is insignificant to the value your plants can generate for you over the years.

#2: It’s Organic!

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Compared to the herbs grown in a farm, you have complete control over the conditions in which your plants grow. This means that you can decide whether or not to give it fertiliser, how much sunlight to give it and whether or not to use pesticide. It’s completely up to you! This alone can make a huge difference in the taste of the herbs produced by your home-grown plants.

#3: It’s Fresh!

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Unlike the herbs you purchase from the store, you are able to use them immediately right after harversting them. This maintains the freshness of your herbs as no freezing or packing is done. Furthermore, you no longer have to run out of the comfort of your kitchen to get some herbs for your latest dish. How convenient is that?

#4: It’s A Rewarding Experience

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Nothing beats the joy of seeing your hard work pay off and this includes growing herbs! Your herbs might start out as small seedlings, but given enough water, sunlight and time, they will grow to become beautiful adult plants which are suitable for harvest. There is honestly nothing like seeing your little plant grow day by day, albeit slowly at first.

Conclusion

For those of you who would like to give this a try, you could consider growing Basil, as it is a beginner friendly plant which grows fast and is easy to take care of. Furthermore, its leaves are delicious and can be used with pasta, as a topping for your pizza or even to make pesto. Its oval shaped leaves are also beautiful looking as well! If this article was helpful to you in any way, do like this post and comment down below! Stay tuned for my next article.