STUDENT LIFE / JUN. 20, 2015
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5 Most Important Life Lessons You Learn at School

School can teach you many things. Apart from equipping you with the basic skills and knowledge needed to get you a good degree and ultimately a decent job, school also teaches you many valuable life lessons that you are not aware of until you’ve graduated.

School helps to prepare you for the challenges of adult life. Not only does it allow you to learn how to cope with pressure, but also how to balance social, educational and professional demands.

See Also: 10 Life Skills Not Taught in School

Here’s a list of valuable life lessons you learn at school but don’t realise until you’ve grown up:

1. Nobody else can make you happy

A universal law: Nobody else can make you happy except yourself. You can’t find happiness living in someone else’s shoes or waiting for someone to do things for you. You can’t count on anyone except yourself to study for an exam. This is your life, your rules, your dreams. Likewise, you can’t let other people tell you or determine who you are. You have to take full responsibility for your actions and control over your life so that you can start working on the things you want and find happiness.

2. People and situations are never random

There has been much talk about networking lately. It has highlighted how important planned happenstance and networking is. At school, you realised that your classmates were going to be your co-workers and competitors in the real world. When you graduate, you notice that your past colleagues have found a job and might be able to help you out by recommending you to work at their company. As you are handing them your resume, you realise that nothing is accidental and that the people and situations you find yourself in are never random.

3. Don't be afraid to look stupid

A Chinese proverb says, “He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.” How many times have you felt like asking a question but never raised your hand? How many times were you stopped from making a fool of yourself? At school you learn that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask a stupid question. No one knows everything and it’s quite possible others want to ask the same question. However, they do not dare to ask the question because it might make them look stupid. But guess what, nothing is as obvious as it seems and asking questions will only help you improve yourself further.

4. People are more important than things

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Everybody wanted to own a smartphone, an iPod or anything else that had the word ‘i’ in front of the name of a product at the age of seventeen. What they didn’t realise at that point though was that no product was ever going to not able to quench their thirst for gadgets. It would have made them happy for a while, but it wouldn’t have given them what they truly needed. Douglas Horton said it first: “Materialism is the only form of distraction from the true bliss”.

Perhaps the saddest thing is that although people know this is true, they still choose to put their quest for material possessions above their other needs and often neglect what really matters including the people who care about them. So how about you?

5. It’s okay to fail

As a student you were afraid that if you failed a Maths test the world would have ended; your teachers and parents would look down on you and your grades would fall dangerously low. That was when you thought that the consequences of your failure would haunt you forever. Now you realise that in order to succeed you first have to learn what failure tastes like.

There are certain things that if you knew earlier, your life would have been a lot different. Sometimes though, you only get to learn things when you are ready to accept and understand them properly. 

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What do you think? Are there are any other life lessons that you get to learn while at school? Let us know in the comments section below.

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