We Asked People To Share One Thing They Learned In School That DIDN'T Come From A Textbook

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We all learned a great deal of things in school. Some of them were facts gleaned from assigned readings that we can still rattle off —  Helsinki is the capital of Finland, trees produce oxygen, and there are 8 planets in the solar system. 

Our textbooks and our teachers gave us a better understanding of the world around us, and we're grateful for them. But sometimes we forget that not everything we learned during those precious years in school was on the syllabus. Many of the most important lessons actually centered on working hard, being resilient, and doggedly pursuing the things that fascinated us. And those lessons are what really made us successful.

Here are some of the most important things people learned in school that weren't in their textbooks. 


Camille: "Networking is more important than you think."

Rafael: "Friends before grades."

Clarissa: "You learn a lot about the kind of person you want to be."

Victor: "The only surefire way to fail is by not trying."

Sarah: "Don't always look forward. Find alternative life paths."

Joel: "Dance like no one is watching... and if they are, give them a show."

Claire: "Erasable pens suck. Make a decision and go for it."

Steven: "Procrastination works."

Ari: "The first step to getting what you want is knowing exactly what it is."

Ben: "Nothing is more important than your health."

Kalae: "Relaxation is optional: sleep is not."

Cate: "Hard work is the key to any kind of success."

Yep. As these suggest, school is really what you make of it and success is in your own hands, not someone else's. So work hard, and chase your dreams! 

Join Strayer University in the Readdress Success Movement to change Merriam-Webster's definition of success! For every signature, Strayer University will donate 50 cents to Dress For Success! 

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