According to the World Bank, about 85% of the world’s population was literate in 2010 and the number is rising ever since (World Bank Data). Given the immense 7 or so billion people living in the world, that is an incredibly high number. Literacy is the ability for someone to read and write. I would fall in this category because I am writing this blog and you because you are reading it. The question I have is, how many are educated beyond that simple level?
With so many people around the world having the ability to do the simple task of being able to read and write, what really separates the educated from the uneducated is how much they actually know about the world around them, about the jobs they do, about the way things work, about nature, about everything really. This knowledge is what separates the successful from the rest.
Some people would say that a number of the most successful people in the world actually dropped out of college. You can look at the example of Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder; Steve Jobs, Apple’ founder; and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder. However, there is actually a very high number of successful people who actually did graduate from College. Elon Musk, founder of Paypal, Space Ex, Tesla and much more to come; Chad Hurley, Youtube; and Jeff Bezos, Amazon. So, to my friends out there who say that you don’t need a University education to be successful, well, the above people may just prove you wrong.
I don’t believe that powerful knowledge is about people graduating from college or people even going to college. They say that from the day you are born, till the day you die, you never stop learning. When you first learn how to walk, how to talk, what to eat, what not to eat, and then you act upon it; that’s where the true beauty, the hidden power of knowledge comes into play. You teach yourself, your experiences teach you, people teach you, your schools teach you, your parents, your friends, elders, strangers, books, videos, and nature. Once you learn what all of these things have to impart upon you, then the real test, the real exam comes into play.
Once you do what you have learned to do, what you been taught to do, that’s when you realize and understand the true power that you have gained. That’s when the world opens up for you; that’s when you get to the top of the world; that’s when you unleash your worth and can truly display your education. That’s when you will realize that your knowledge is your power.