6 Life Lessons School Never Teaches

Updated: 10/13/2023

It’s been over several years since I’ve graduated from high school and if you know my anything about my life story, I was one of the kids who didn’t go to college.

Lately, I was finding myself thinking back at those days. 

Of course, there were many great memories made, but when it comes to the things I’ve learned in school, I’m going to have to be honest: I don’t really use any of the lessons that were being taught in school.

Now, of course, there are exceptions and I would assume college is a whole different ball game since you’re going to school in a specific field, especially in fields where extensive knowledge is required like law school, medical school, whatever your case may be.

However, when it comes to the life lessons I have learned, school doesn’t even compare to what I had to learn through my experiences.

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Being in my later 20s has made me realize that college isn’t exactly your golden ticket to learning all about life and knowing how to navigate the real world. We’re starting to hear how much students have gone into field that they didn’t go to college for or aren’t even using their degree in the first place.

My husband is a prime example of being in a field where college wasn’t a requirement and the type of field, he works in values job experience than schooling because in their eyes, “anyone can just go to college and get a degree”.

You can agree to disagree on me when it comes to how much value you put in schools, but the point I want to get across is that life truly is the biggest lesson you can learn from.

And quite honestly, I learned more reading about personal development books than I have in textbooks.

Yup, I said what I said.

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Needless to say, I want to discuss some of my opinions on life lessons school never teaches.

1. There’s no such thing as a safe job

Point. Blank. Period.

After the pandemic, I don’t really see the point in distinguishing what’s a “safe” job and what’s not. People really only say this based off of their belief system on what jobs are more popular and highly desirable than others. But regardless, a job is a job and you can easily lose your job at any time no matter what.

This reason alone was actually what made me start my businesses and going full force in my entrepreneur lifestyle because I realize that literally no matter what kind of job I was at, I could easily be laid off.

So, what the heck was the point?

It doesn’t even have to be because of a pandemic, it could literally just be because your company is just laying people off due to budget costs or bankruptcy or whatever other reasons you might hear. I had family members who have experiences both situations before!

You guys, there’s no such reason as a safe job.

It’s all a projection of people’s perceptions.

The only thing I advise you to get out of this lesson is being at a job that you truly love and going for it anyways and not because it’s the “safer” option.

A high-quality life is going to require taking high risks and that is a hard life lesson that so many people don’t want to do out of fear of failure.

So, if you wanting to go for something that other people have deemed as risky, I’m going to tell you this right now: you will regret it more in your life if you don’t try. It is better to try and see what happens than not try at all.

And I know with a deep burning passion that if that kind of career you want to go for is something you really f*cking want, then you need to keep at it no matter how many times you fall. It will eventually work out, but you need to keep the faith within yourself.

If it’s something you truly believe it, stick with it.

Alright, I’m done being on my soapbox. Here’s the next lesson.

2. It’s time to think for yourself more

We are always asking for permission even when it comes to the opinions of others.

There isn’t necessary wrong with asking for advice, but I always tell people that when you are asking for advice, I advise you to ask from people who have what you want.

There are so many adults I know, even nowadays, who are still doing this and they literally don’t have the capacity to think for themselves. Thus, living a life for other people and not for themselves.

Seems to me that the life lessons compared to the school lessons really showcase that we are literally brainwashed to not think for ourself.

Now, DO NOT get this mixed up when it comes to asking others regarding to situations like relationships, intimacy, even people’s opinions (which of course, people tend to put their input anyways…annoyingly).

I’m regarding situations where its mainly dealing with your thoughts, your mind, your values, and your beliefs.

What do you think you want in life? What do you want to do today? What do you value? Is the path you are on right for you?

If you constantly are asking for people to think for you, I want you to challenge yourself to make decisions of your own free will to see where you end up.

Even if it means starting small. You can start super simple such as what you want to wear for the day or what do you want for breakfast.

Practice thinking for yourself so you aren’t influence by what society wants you to think.

3. You are much more powerful than you think

I know school has the tendency put us in a box and suppress our voice and opinions, but do know that you are much more powerful than you realize. And not even just in the sense of manifestation, but as time goes on and you realize the power of coming together and making a change in this world, you are actually a lot more important than you realize.

And yes, even if you are just one person.

Even if you are just here being your authentic self. You are much more powerful than you realize because you being your best self creates a domino effect for other people to do the same for themselves.

We’ve seen people riot, march, form support groups, and stand up for what they believe in even to this day and some of those efforts have created massive movement in our society today.

You are so much more than what school has taught you.

If manifestation and spirituality resonate with you in any way, check out my other sections on my blog because I do talk about stepping into your power and how your thoughts create your reality, as well as the reality of this world.

After all, I created this blog to help you reach your highest potential!

4. Experiences > Lessons

I know I’ve already said this in the beginning of my blog, but I’m going to say this again and again until it gets imprinted into your subconscious.

Experiences over lessons.

Always, always, always.

Yes, there may be exceptions to this, but I’m telling you that in many careers, especially if you plan on working for a company or if you are a business owner working with customers/clients, people don’t give a f*ck about your piece of paper.

When I was a graphic design, not one of my clients gave a crap about me not going to graphic design school. I literally just jumped right into it and learned everything through Youtube and trial and error myself.

The only thing they cared about was what I could bring to the table. I was literally getting more attention than people who actually went to college just because I told them more about what I can do for them and what I have done in the past versus what I learned in school.

Although I’m not in graphic designing anymore, it has opened my eyes on the idea that school literally never teaches you sh*t about the real world.

So, if you are like me and you are someone who didn’t go to college or maybe you’re a dropout, experience as much as you can.

5. Learn to pace yourself

This involves literally anything you do in life.

For example, how are we supposed to know what we want to do with our life at eighteen?

With school work, extra circular activities, creating memories, upkeeping our space, and who knows what other things kids have to do, do you really think you’ve been given enough time to even make a decision on what it is you want to do in life?

We are so rushed and pressured into having to make a decision now that we can end up regretting making the wrong decisions for ourself!

Then society wonders why kids aren’t in jobs they love, in marriages that lead to divorce, are having kids at ages that they weren’t ready for. We were programmed to rush through life and when we do that, we aren’t living at a pace that helps us make good choices in our life.

Coming from someone who has been out of school for a long time now, I wish I would have known to just go at my own pace and not worry about how quickly people are getting married or in their career fields or whatever the case may be because I rather have everlasting relationships, a loving career, AND a joyous life that I truly love then to feel like I have to rush it and regret my decisions.

Learn to pace yourself because you are living your life for yourself. You know what is best for you and only you should be living life at a pace that resonates with you the most.

Slow and steady really does win the race, in my own personal experience.

6. We all learn differently

Unfortunately, school doesn’t cater to all kids who learn differently.

You may not realize this life lesson until you get into the real world, but don’t be down on yourself if you are someone who needs to take their time to get something or if you have to learn in a way that resonates with you the most.

For example, my husband was in the special classes throughout most of his life, yet to me, I have learned that he looks at things in a different aspect that doesn’t fit what school wanted him to do.

Thus, they claimed him to be a special needs kid.

Now, of course, there are kids that are ACTUALLY special needs and they do need that assistance and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that.

Please, get the help that is required for you and your child; however, what annoys me the most is when school believes that just because a child doesn’t fit their standards of learning, that they are shunned out and are putting a false label on the kid.

It’s like diagnosing someone with a mental illness that they don’t even have.

Everyone learns differently and this is something that will be showcased when you are out in the real world. That’s why sometimes, you may find that the ones that are the most successful are sometimes the ones that weren’t the “smartest” in school (I say smartest very loosely).

They just learned differently and life gave them that opportunity to learn in a way that makes sense to them.

Coming from someone who was an A and B student, I still have my own way of learning things and I have found that learning in a way that makes sense with me has gotten me way further in life than how school wanted me to learn.

And before I go, if you are into astrology, chakras, spirituality, or even if it’s just out of curiosity, check out your human design chart.

It is basically a tool on how you may make decisions based off of how you are biologically wired. I like to give my readers as many resources I can that may help you level up in your own life.

So, for sure, check it out.

If it doesn’t resonate with you at all, that’s perfectly fine.

Definitely think for yourself and take what resonates with you in this post.

What are some lessons you have learned throughout life? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Hi, I’m Carol! I created Here to be Inspired in order to teach YOU how to live up to your highest potential. Here, I will be talking about spirituality, self-development, law of attraction, and so much more!