Chapter 5: 8 Things I wish I was taught in school.

Hey guys, welcome to the second guest post of on the blog. The author has chosen to remain anonymous but gives us 8 things that they wish they had been taught in school.

Feel free to add more in the comments section :).

  1. Follow your dreams.

Maybe the reason why many businesses around the ‘follow your dream‘ idea are successful among adults, is because it was never taught to us at school. Most of us did not think it was possible and forgot about our dreams long before we became adults.

No one at school told us that dreams and adulthood are not incompatible and that they can co-exist together and no one told us that dreams do come true when you do your best to realise them.

2. Emotional Intelligence

The perception that what they teach in schools and universities is enough to enter the adult life and succeed is very wrong. Most of us are told that if we study well we will definitely succeed. It is only later on that we realise that this is not the case

On top of academic knowledge we need emotional intelligence, which unfortunately is never taught at schools.

3. You are not obliged to follow the crowd.

What do teachers and professors tell us about the future?

They already design everyone’s path by telling you that you are supposed to study well, go to college then eventually end up in university. The next step is to work somewhere, climb the career ladder, marry, buy a house… They push the standard ‘success’ story of ordinary people following the same path.

Unfortunately what they never tell you is that you can choose, that the above mentioned scenario is just one of the options and that it is only to choose any other.

That is the reason why many people realise they want to live in another way and do something else AFTER they have already worked for a while, married and bought that house.

4. It is okay to be different.

I went to school in times when the Soviet Union still existed, Back then any kind of differentiation (not only at schools, but everywhere else) was punished. We all had the same uniform, the same notebooks and pens. We were supposed to have the same behaviour and the same opinion too.

Now things have changed, but not in their roots. Even today children are not told that it is okay to be different. Even now those who are not like others and misunderstood and even isolated at times.

5. You do not need to work for someone else.

What do most of us do after graduation?

Right- try to prepare impressive CVs, send it to many corporations and go to as many job interviews until we get hired, And when it happens we feel extremely relieved and happy- We feel as though we have finally grown up.

That is because no one told us that we do not need to work for someone else and that we can start our own thing right away.

I wish they did though…

6. It is okay to fail

There is no person that has never failed. We all fail sometimes and it is ok. What is important is not to get discouraged, not to give up, stand up straight and try again. This is what we were supposed to be taught in school.

7. Use your right brain.

School tests and exams are designed in such a way that they encourage children to use their left brain. That is good, left brain is important indeed… BUT children should also know that there are many situations in life where switching to their right brain will be very effective.

They should know that the right brain also exists and it also needs to be used.

And what would be even better is if they were taught how to develop the right brain. Just like they learn the basics of math, they also need to learn about their creativity and intuition.

8. Teamwork

Often or occasionally we get into situations where we are supposed to work in a team. It can be in our corporate jobs, sports e.t.c.

Working alone and working in a team require completely different skills and children should learn both.

On the other hand, maybe we should not expect too much from schools and universities. After all life and personal experiences are the best teachers. ‘

I think this was a well written reflection with a lot of lessons that we can all learn from. Remember if you have anything you’d like to share, feel free to send me your posts on my email –>

3 thoughts on “Chapter 5: 8 Things I wish I was taught in school.”

  1. Wow this post had really good points. I had no idea bout the left/right brain thing, or rather I didn’t think of it this way 🙂
    Also the point about not needing to work for someone else…A lot of us are raised to follow scripts that have worked for other people, which may not always work of us.

    Thank you for this!

  2. No. 2 should be capitalised, put in bold and font 76 and displayed on billboards because, NOBODY TOLD US!
    Infact it should be made a compulsory subject from kindergarten all the way to university.
    I’m glad life experiences have also taught us all these 8 lessons, but would have been way better if someone introduced us to them sooner

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