Education does not guarantee success in one's life. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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"To have a good life, you must have a good education." How many times, has this sentence been ingrained into our minds, by our parents, our teachers, even our older siblings? How true is this statement? In my opinion, it is largely true; however, not everyone who has a good life is educated. Following the same argument, not everyone who is educated leads a good life.

What is deemed by an education? An education, as defined by the Merriam-Webster is the action or process of educating or of being educated. It does not restrict an education to being a wholly academic process. This means that a person educated in music, sports or sewing counts towards having an education.

Another question we must ask ourselves is what success really means. Is success measured in monetary terms, or in how wide your smile is when you get out of bed? Can someone really be happy living in a one-room flat occupied by 13 people and eating only one meagre meal per day? Merriam-Webster defines success as a favourable or desired outcome.

Whatever you desired, if you attained it, you are successful. If a road sweeper desires to have enough to eat every day and to have a loyal wife and a son, and he attains all that, he would be successful.

Does education guarantee that you attain everything you desire?

The answer is no.

If what you desire is to be a millionaire, and the economy is in a slump, no matter how qualified you are, you may still not achieve your dreams of becoming that rich. What can be said, though, is that an education will take you further towards achieving your dreams. An educated person is more likely to be successful than an uneducated person.

A university graduate, for example,