Education Is Not The Key To Success – An Open Letter To The Youth!


Dear Comrades,

Many people set out on an expedition to meet success but they refuse to know the right bait to catch success. Many have accepted the bait of  success to be education.

The ancient philosophers established a saying which goes like “EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS”. Our predecessors believed in this and encouraged everyone to embark on this educational expedition. I want us to produce three dimensional view of this saying under 21st century stereoscope.

The meaning of the terms will help us to understand the saying, “education is the key to success.” Let us use Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 3rd edition, as our reference. “Education is the process of teaching or learning in school or college, or the knowledge that you get from this.” “Key is the best or the only way to achieve something.’ Example, atom (protons and nucleon) is the key to matter. Success on the other hand is the achievement of a set goal. So is it impossible to achieve a set goal without education?

Education in its correct or more precise way is the key to knowledge. “Knowledge will not bring power or fame unless it is organised and practically directed with the sole aim of accumulation of power or wealth.”

Education is supposed to be enjoyable/fun but most students see it as punishment. This is because they have imbibed in them that it is key to success and without it one cannot be successful in life. Once this mindset is attained, education would be seen as punishment.

It is so common to hear a student or apprentice saying, “if not for the sake of my future expenses and family, what would have been the essence of education?” No wonder the country (Ghana) has been producing engineers who run away from problems.

Self-discovery is the most powerful ideology most people lack in this world. it is defined as the process of one knowing his true personality and motives in life. The axiom, “man know thyself and thou shall know God and the universe,” is highly underestimated wisdom. This connotes with one unveiling his weaknesses, strengths, passions, and how well he relates with others. People are blaming God and Satan in life because of lack of self-discovery.

 Agya Koo, a popular Ghanaian comedian

False prophets are taking advantages of some people because of lack of this philosophy. The greatest asset one can give to his children is to help them discover themselves. Agya Koo discovered he could create humour. He professionalised it into moving acting and he catches the attention of all comedy lovers. Einstein discovered he loved physics and would cut classes to study it on his own. He became the best physicist of 20th century. King Ayisoba discovered his music capabilities and married it.

 King Ayisoba, African classical musician

Numerous people can be mentioned but a few are listed for space sake. No wonder Galileo Galilee said, “you cannot teach any one a new thing but you can help him find it within himself.”

Our human nature is like special computer. It performs a specific task(s)(talent) diligently without any difficulties. Once you discover the purpose of this computer, you can derive some benefits from it. But if you fail to unearth its purpose, it becomes a piece of junk. Knowing the purpose of this computer is like identifying yourself. The type of education you choose to boost your talent is like system drivers. Without the drivers, you can work but not efficiently.

 Albert Einstein, one of the greatest modern physicists

Some people have chosen wrong careers(system drivers) for their capabilities and they are blaming other people (God and Satan) for their failures. How do you expect Dell drivers to work on Toshiba computers? In fact, many people spend their life time trying to amend how God has made them. They reject their God-given talents while constantly trying to change their natural makeup. “The most dreaded mistake in this universe is not to have
one talent, but your failure to utilise it.”

So, discover yourself, choose the right careers and build your strengths to make you a successful person to help us make Ghana and Africa economically independent.



This article was written by Boadu and was originally published in The Spectator Newspaper on Saturday, October 27, 2012 under the title, ‘The Power of Self-Discovery”.



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