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Am not a high school graduate but I want to succeed with my skill and talent how do I go about this in though it hurt me a lot and cause me pain?

How to succeed the ridiculous of life without formal education

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Daria’s Answer

It is possible to succeed in life without formal education. Here are some tips on how to do so:

1. Have a clear vision of where you want to be in life: Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve in life is the first step towards success. This will help you stay focused and motivated.

2. Invest in yourself and have the right mindset and attitude to be successful: Investing in yourself by reading books, attending seminars, and learning new skills can help you stay ahead of the curve. Having the right mindset and attitude is also important. You should be willing to take risks, learn from your mistakes, and never give up.

3. Be willing to take risks: Taking risks is an important part of achieving success. You should be willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

4. Consider careers that don’t need degrees: There are many careers that don’t require a formal education. Some examples include real estate agent, sales representative, and entrepreneur.

5. Learn how to sell and negotiate: Being able to sell and negotiate is an important skill that can help you succeed in life. This skill can be learned through practice and experience.

6. Expand your network and find a mentor: Networking is an important part of achieving success. You should try to meet new people and build relationships with them. Finding a mentor who can guide you and provide you with advice is also important.

7. Read and work hard: Reading books and working hard are two important habits that can help you succeed in life. Reading can help you stay informed and up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in your field. Working hard is important because it helps you achieve your goals.

8. Leverage the power of the internet: The internet is a powerful tool that can help you succeed in life. You can use it to learn new skills, connect with people, and find new opportunities.

Through alternative means such as apprenticeships, online courses, self-learning, and mentorship, individuals can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in various fields. Of course all of these suggestions depends on how much money are you able to spend and your skillset.

I hope this helps!
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Joe’s Answer

Firstly, don't let societal norms dictate your path, whether it's about relationships, education, jobs, income, or any other societal standard. As you mature, you'll realize that many successful individuals didn't necessarily rely on their formal education to reach their goals. Yes, some of my affluent friends have degrees, but their wealth isn't tied to their academic achievements. They honed a skill, nurtured an idea, and built a business around it.

Your creativity and determination to avoid the common pitfalls most of us succumb to (like pursuing formal education, getting a job, climbing the corporate ladder, getting married, etc.) are exactly what will propel you towards success. I'm not discounting the value of education, but I am emphasizing that success and education don't always go hand in hand.

Education can comfortably place you in the middle or perhaps even the upper-middle class. You might even break into the top 2-5% with your academic credentials, but the top 1% reached their pinnacle by thinking outside the box. They developed a skill or ability beyond what traditional schooling offers.

What you're naturally good at is inherently within you, not something you acquire through learning. It took me half a century to understand that I would have led a more fulfilling life if I had trusted my instincts rather than conforming to my teachers' and society's expectations.

Joe recommends the following next steps:

Stop listening to society and social norms
Get in touch with yourself and figure out what excites you
When you have an idea that you are passionate about, just start searching for how to do it, you will figure it out
Don't be intimidated by others with a degree, they succeeded in taking test and reading books and reciting what they were told, that is all
Know that if you work hard for something and you are willing to learn on your own, that the formal education is not necessary to thrive.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Samuel,

I see tags for higher education and law. I am also just seeing that you are located in Nigeria. I have no idea what schooling options you have available there, but have you considered getting your high-school diploma to get to university? Maybe there is an online school? Do you know what hindered you from completing high-school? Has anything changed since then?

Like Daria said, higher education is not the only path to success. You could do an apprenticeship and learn a trade. That might open the door to have your own business one day. We don't all have to take the same path. And what Daria said.

Good luck!

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Brandon’s Answer

Without a formal education there is a lot of things you can do as a substitute. For jobs (depending on what it is you are passionate in and whether or not it will require a formal degree) you can make up with experience or something that is equivalent. You can either get this experience by either obtaining a certificate, doing an apprenticeship, working, volunteering, etc. Jobs will look at the education for sure, but they will always want to see whether or not that potential job candidate has the experience so that they won't need as much training if they know the position somewhat already.
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Judith-Ann’s Answer

Samuel, you have received some very good advice from Joe and Daria and I feel sure that if you follow their advice, you will be successful. What I am concerned with is your statement" though it hurt me a lot and cause me pain. " I have never been to Lagos but I learned somethings about it that might play into your decision to skip High School and formal education. For instance, your city has a significant influence on commerce, entertainment, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, and fashion in Africa. It's also got a low cost of living which is helpful. But these facts don't tell me about your pain. This concerns me most. I would encourage you to talk to an adult you trust or consider talking to a school counselor or teacher or a minister that you admire about your pain. Is it emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual pain? Please attend to this pain and invest in yourself with really good self care. If you could elaborate on your pain with another question, your answers could address that. Whatever you decide or choose to do, I sincerely send you thoughts and prayers to find your path.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Samuel! Great answers all around! Just do YOU. If you tie your success to doing those potential jobs/career fields to your interests and already beginning skills (like reaching out to others for input and help), you can't help but succeed. Ask people around you in your area for ideas and don't try to hard to make your first efforts your only ones.

It may take a while to see where you fit in. When you find, give it your all even when you do not feel comfortable.

YOU got this kid!
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Terry’s Answer

Listen to all of the great advise that everyone has gave. Enjoy everyday, don't let anyone steal your joy. You might have a job that you may not love or a boss that is difficult. Take those situations a day at a time, don't look at it as a week, a moth, a year. I was told that if a person running a marathon got half way and thought that they had completed half the race and only had half of the race to go that they would never finish. Take all situations and think about them in shorter time periods that it makes all situations easier. Remember "don't let anyone steal your joy".
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