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4 Life Skills You Weren't Taught in School

Education is great. Getting a college degree is every parent's dream for their children. However, not everything in life can be learned in the confines of a classroom. There are thousands of life lessons that can be learned as you live your life and sometimes, they are the ones that are more crucial and important to achieve success. Here are some of them:

1. You need to specifically know what you want in order to achieve success

Getting a diploma is just one piece of the whole success puzzle; knowing what you want makes that puzzle piece a vital element in your success. If you know what you want to achieve, you can create other pieces that will complete the puzzle. By pieces, we mean various courses of actions that will lead to success. A concrete action plan is like a to-do list that you must act on in order for you to move ahead in the success ladder.

2. Experience is a far better asset than education when it comes to job hunting

When hiring managers look at an applicant's curriculum vitae, they focus first on the experience related to the job opening rather than educational attainment. Why not, they need to hire a person who can perform the task they are hiring for. No matter how relevant the college degree is, employers will rely more on the applicants who have the right work pedigree than on people who just stepped off college.

This does not mean that education is not important, but you simply cannot rely alone on your diploma or the school you came from. You need to gain experience to earn the trust of people. It is pretty much like a patient who will undergo a major operation. That patient will not ask his doctor where he graduated from; he will ask whether the doctor have previous experience in doing similar operation.

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3. Value yourself

Living in a competitive world makes us focus more on what we can achieve and forget what we are as persons. We learn a lot of skills to become even more viable. At times, we strive so hard to be in the good side of our boss. It is not bad as it is, but when you lose yourself in the melee you will find it very hard to achieve success.

Learning to appreciate what you have - your talent, skills, and abilities - can get you ahead of the game. Education can help prepare you hone yourself, but it will not teach you to put premium to what you are as a person. All it will tell you is to do this or do that, but it will not teach you how to be more introspective and how to dig deep into your inner being to release the hidden strength in you.

And if you value your whole being, you will not put yourself in a situation where you will get burned out. Educators will tell you to be always prompt, to do your work diligently, and to hone your skills to become an asset to the company. All these are geared towards getting a promotion or a salary raise. But what they do not tell you is to take a break every now and then. All you will hear is to push, push, push!

Now, if you come to think of it, companies offer their employees paid vacation leaves. Why? Because they know the value of rest, of taking a break! Now, have your teachers told you to take as much vacation leaves as you can?

4. Being happy is more important that being employed

Don't get me wrong; it is important to have a job. How will you live without earning a living? You cannot choose to be living on the street, right? So it is very important to have a source of income - and that is what getting an education is all about. You spend a lot of sleepless nights just so you can pass all exams and graduate. Your professors challenge you to become the best so that you can be ahead of your class. The problem is, nobody tells you to find happiness in what you are doing.

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To become truly successful, you must be happy with what you are doing. Even in a competitive world, being relaxed and happy will give you a very distinct advantage. You do not get stressed easily; you face each problem with a calm demeanor; and you save yourself from a lot of frustration. It is hard to find a perfect job because it seldom comes; but you can always make a conscious decision to be happy whatever job you have.

Are we missing any life skills you think are important? Let us know in the comments.

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Jes is a teen from Australia passionate about money and success. He loves writing new articles each day, usually while on the train to school. Read more. Let's be friends: Facebook / Twitter

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