Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. While success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. We all have heard, ”Education is the key to success”. Education is important and we cannot deny this fact. It is the process of facilitating learning. This may help achieve success but neither it guarantees the same nor is essential. Because success needs other factors too, like creativity, imagination, thinking out of the box.
Let us look at the most successful stories in history including writers, actors, activists, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, dancers, singers, musicians, and these people are successful in their respective fields. They are remembered not only for the size of the balance in their bank accounts or mansions but for the hearts they touched and the impact they had on the world. Creating something valuable and lasting was their idea of success. There are several areas where education has got nothing to do with success.
From Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs, the world has seen many bright minds who have been ideal and a role model for the coming generation. The only similarity between all these legends is that they did not complete their education. Yet are successful in their life as well as are an inspiration for others. They all had put the age-old belief that education or certification is essential for success in life to shame. They stood as an exception to the popular myth.
There are many success stories that had been ideal without formal education.
One of the greatest examples is Steven Paul Jobs popularly known as Steve Jobs, co-founder of one of the most demanding and popular MNC- Apple, a great activist, and successful entrepreneur. He dropped out of Reed after just one semester but created the first successful computer and over the years helped introduce numerous revolutionary products such as Macbook iPod, iPhone, and iPad all along with its own operating system -iOS.
Another noticeable example we have is Albert Einstein. Yes, the man whose name now equates to genius, who published more than 300 scientific papers, the man behind the theory of relativity ‘E=mc2’, and the man who won a Nobel prize was in fact a high school dropout. He attempted to get into university but initially failed the entrance exams. He eventually made it to college but the simple fact of the matter is that the greatest mind of the twentieth-century was in fact a high school dropout.
Few other examples are:
Abraham Lincoln, former US President is more or less self-educated but is a political prodigy.
William Shakespeare produced some of the best-loved works the world has ever known, from Romeo & Juliet to Macbeth. But he never received much by way of formal education.
Henry Ford- the owner of the US automobile industry Ford, who left at age of seventeen without any formal education and became an apprentice with a machinist in Detroit which later led to the formation of the company ‘Ford’.
Mark Twain, most beloved American writer, and humorist in history.
John D. Rockefeller, a famous billionaire. And the list would go on.
All these people had put the age-old belief that education or certification is necessary for success in life to shame. They stood as an exception to the popular myth.
Environment and development are two sides of the same coin. Surely taking care of millions of people who are starving is more important than saving natural resources. But the situation arises with a question, “How will you even take care if there aren’t any resources left?”
Humans have already wasted and destroyed vast amounts of natural resources. In so doing have put Earth at risk. We will have to preserve the Earth for future generations. Destroying rainforests would give native people nowhere to go except the urban slums. Ultimately leading to an increase in the poorly managed population.
Poverty and environmental damage are often linked. Polluted water leads to crop failure. Climate change turns fertile fields into desert and flood coastal areas where hundreds of millions live. Another problem is overpopulation. Unchecked population growth has negative impacts. Earth cannot support unrestricted growth.
The developed countries already have higher prices to maintain the safety of the environment. But it would be unfair if industries in developing countries see their prices undercut by goods produced cheaply at the cost of great pollution. Nations are losing more from pollution than gaining from the industrialization. Looking after our fragile world has to be a partnership. Climate change will affect the whole planet, not just one nation. It is more likely to have terrible effects on developing countries. As sea levels rise, deserts advance, natural disasters become more common.
Green Revolution-another problem. It is a threat to biodiversity as hybrid exchanged natural seeds. In short-run, the hybrid can cause environmental problems by crowding out native plants and wildlife relying on them. Farmers will have to buy hybrid seeds which are expensive, also they cannot be saved for next year. As a result, fertile lands lay idle, resulting in droughts and desertification.
And if still, development is so much important than saving the environment, ‘Sustainable Development’ is the most appropriate option. The present needs are fulfilled without compromising with the resources for future generations.
India is the 6th wealthiest country in the world with about 119 billionaires,20,730 multi-millionaires and 3.3 lakh HNWIs (high-net-worth individuals). Yet one of the major problems surviving till date in India is poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The country has faced many famines and lost many citizens. The country has faced many ups and downs since its freedom. Let it be the stock market crisis, scams, income tax frauds, pandemics, over-population, decreasing GDP and whatnot, the country has tried to cope up with every problem it faces. With all these millionaires and billionaires residing in our nation, there should have been no traces of poverty. But this is the ugly side of the nation we refuse to see.
Despite all the wealth and money this country owns, there are still children who are not even privileged to have two square meal. Some kids do not have a proper roof over their head. They are unaware of proper education. They do not have enough clothes to cover their bodies. They die every other day due to lack of proper medical aids.
We demolish the slums and construct sophisticated buildings by ruining the only place of shelter of those unprivileged people who barely manage their food. The development of sky skyscrapers and towers hide the life of the poverty struck people. They are not happy to sleep on the streets or keep their children deprived of the education they deserve. But they are helpless poor people who spend their whole life just looking at the rich people wishing to live a life like them.
Economic inequality in India has led to increasing cases of malnutrition in infants. There is a lack of nutritious food even for the pregnant mother as well as the infant. Both of them are deprived of all essential nutrients which are necessary for the proper growth and increasing immunity of the child. Though there is food being supplied to such places, the food somehow is still deprived of all the nutrients which are responsible for the healthy growth of a child.
A problem most of the young people face is mental issues commonly termed as anxiety, mood swings, depression and many such names. We believe that every human brain is the same and works similarly. It might be true but the way of perceiving your problem and accepting the situation differs in one person and another.
The society does not understand that a person is not out of his mind just because he is not able to cope up with the situation at the moment. A person could be going through a lot which we cannot even imagine yet we judge them and make them feel guilty for his mental status. They might need a therapist or even just a friend to open up their heart but instead, we conclude them to be socially unacceptable just because they cannot face the life they are living.
Our conservative society thinks having depression or anxiety is just a thought of our mind and is not anything serious. But the reality is the person is in a state of mind where he/she is weak and cannot hold themselves up so, we need to help them out by listening to them, giving them the courage to face his/her life and not to give up.
And even if we are not able to do such favour at least we could consult them to see a therapist who might help them instead of passing comments on them or making them feel inferior and lowering their self-esteem for which they are already insecure.
Scope of change
The people of Indian society expects everyone to lead a perfect life in others’ views though they might have a non-manageable life of their own. They create an illusionary perfect world for others and when others fail to live according to their norms, they start complaining about it. This is the mindset we need to change for our society. And the change starts with you. So, be the change to see the change.