Figure Out What You Define As ‘Success’ And Then Go Do That!!

What if you’re not ‘qualified’? 
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. 
Because I’m so unqualified in some ways!! 

All my siblings and good friends who I respect have more letters after their name than I do. A lot more!. 
I did a one year certificate at university and never went back for year two to get my diploma because I would have rather poked myself in the eyes with my pen repeatedly than take more notes. 

The more I think about it, I love that some of the most influential, amazing innovative people on the face of the earth don’t have ‘formal qualifications’ but somehow when I look at myself I would play down what I do know. 
Worried that I need a ‘qualification’ and forgetting all the years of learning that have happened which I just never happened to get a bit of paper for. Years of training under people who love their jobs and are passionate leaders. Years of reading and testing and trialling. Years of putting myself on the line and giving stuff a go. 

When it comes down to it, here’s what I think.. I happen to think that not being squashed into academic boxes and little lines of desks all in set rows is a good thing.
Learning comes in so many different forms and the face of it is changing so rapidly. 
I watch some people come out of university and Evan sees it with designers fresh out of design school as well. They emerge with 3-5 years worth of student debt and such rigid ways of thinking. Lacking the ability to pivot quickly and adapt. 

Skills can be taught but being light on your toes is a distinct advantage in a world which is moving so fast. 
Intuitive and responsive to change rather than lining all the ducks up nicely in a row to get an A+ with the answer you think your teacher is looking for. 

How about feeling your way and learning from those that have gone before you? Entering into community around the subjects that matter to you and sitting at the feet of people who’ve gone ahead. Devouring books and reading because you love it and you’re interested in a subject. Then getting your hands dirty and trying some stuff.

Well, wait.. I mean, if it’s brain surgery then sure I'd appreciate you getting some formal specs for that one but I’m so tired of seeing people running off to university thinking that they’ll find all the answers to all their life's questions there. 

Only go and study if it’s something that lights you up. 
If you have a vision for it. If you can see why you want to do it. 
But please for the love of cheese, stop thinking it will make you feel more like a grownup to get the bit of paper. 

What if you’re not ‘qualified’? 
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. 
Because I’m so unqualified in some ways!! 

All my siblings and good friends who I respect have more letters after their name than I do. A lot more!. 
I did a one year certificate at university and never went back for year two to get my diploma because I would have rather poked myself in the eyes with my pen repeatedly than take more notes. 

The more I think about it, I love that some of the most influential, amazing innovative people on the face of the earth don’t have ‘formal qualifications’ but somehow when I look at myself I would play down what I do know. 
Worried that I need a ‘qualification’ and forgetting all the years of learning that have happened which I just never happened to get a bit of paper for. Years of training under people who love their jobs and are passionate leaders. Years of reading and testing and trialling. Years of putting myself on the line and giving stuff a go. 

When it comes down to it, here’s what I think.. I happen to think that not being squashed into academic boxes and little lines of desks all in set rows is a good thing.
Learning comes in so many different forms and the face of it is changing so rapidly. 
I watch some people come out of university and Evan sees it with designers fresh out of design school as well. They emerge with 3-5 years worth of student debt and such rigid ways of thinking. Lacking the ability to pivot quickly and adapt. 

Skills can be taught but being light on your toes is a distinct advantage in a world which is moving so fast. 
Intuitive and responsive to change rather than lining all the ducks up nicely in a row to get an A+ with the answer you think your teacher is looking for. 

How about feeling your way and learning from those that have gone before you? Entering into community around the subjects that matter to you and sitting at the feet of people who’ve gone ahead. Devouring books and reading because you love it and you’re interested in a subject. Then getting your hands dirty and trying some stuff.

Well, wait.. I mean, if it’s brain surgery then sure I'd appreciate you getting some formal specs for that one but I’m so tired of seeing people running off to university thinking that they’ll find all the answers to all their life's questions there. 

Only go and study if it’s something that lights you up. 
If you have a vision for it. If you can see why you want to do it. 
But please for the love of cheese, stop thinking it will make you feel more like a grownup to get the bit of paper. 
Figure out what YOU define as ‘success’ and then go do that!!

And if you want a fancy bit of paper while you’re waiting, I’ll talk to Ev about getting one drawn up for you. 😂

Oh and by the way - if you're still trying to figure out what your kind of success even is, go check out this link.
It's an awesome guided workbook I made about what your perfect day looks like. 
It's free and it's yours for the taking!

www.megcowan.com/your-perfect-day-guided-workbook

And if you want a fancy bit of paper while you’re waiting, I’ll talk to Ev about getting one drawn up for you. 😂

Oh and by the way - if you're still trying to figure out what your kind of success even is, go check out this link.
It's an awesome guided workbook I made about what your perfect day looks like. 
It's free and it's yours for the taking!

www.megcowan.com/your-perfect-day-guided-workbook