You define your own success When trying to determine if one is successful or not you really have to take a look at what you want in life. You cannot sit here and lie to yourself about the numbers either. Take the fact that student loan debt is the number one debt in this country surpassing credit card debt is completely baffling because that has to make you sit and wonder what is the point of investing all this money into the government to pay for an education and a degree for us to graduate with unforgiving debt and an unstable job market. **Notice I said government too, not the school, because if you ever fault on your loans, you have to deal with the government and not the school.** If you sit and try to say that its normal and okay then you really have to sit and reevaluate who you are listening to in life. I am not knocking down higher education at all because there are so many wonderful things that come with receiving a college degree that can only be experienced there. The issue is that we cannot lie to ourselves about what it is actually meant for. The issue with everyone going out and receiving a degree is the fact that with everyone receiving that degree, it depreciates the value thus making you have to go get a higher and higher degree just to compete with the thousands of others who are doing the same thing. The degree means nothing because you also have to see that there are hundreds and thousands of people looking for a job and there are simply not enough jobs for everyone. Also to mention that having a job is a horrible way to make make money. Its the absolute hardest way to make money actually. Notice how you have friends and family who all have jobs and work these ridiculous hours during the week, yet they are still broke? So what does that leave you? Well, if you listen to them then you will unfortunately fall into that same path and then at that point us as human beings are only existing. There is a complete difference between living and existing, and 97% of us are merely existing because we are stuck in the same system of having to go to school to get good grades to then graduating for that piece of paper to just receive a chance of possibly getting a job. You do not need an education to be successful bottom line because you get caught in doing the same thing as everyone else and end up living a very hard life. That is it for my rant right now... Have a good day everyone.