Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Taking The Plunge

Was having a conversation with a friend just a few days back and he related to me how he saved money and struggle through to get his MBA degree. His next target is PhD and that's not surprising because he's very ambitious. But I can't help but think that his purpose was more for prestige and perhaps for a more lucrative income. He encouraged me to take it up saying that if I don't, there would probably be a considerable gap between us intellectually. And so well, I do applaud his great initiative and effort but I'm not the kind of person who would take up a degree just so that I look good or for prestige. Have we all 'terpesong sikit' from the real objective? Not having a degree/postgraduate degree does not make a person any less smarter. We cannot deny that having a degree/postgraduate degree does come into play when it comes to determining our salary and subsequently our future even....but do we not also strive for the sake of knowledge too? Self enhancement and there's gotta be some sort of passion for whatever degree you are taking? I see a vast difference between this guy and another guy I know who is really passionate about his studies, he practically eats and breathes it- and now this guy, I can truly visualize him as a Professor. So, if you wanna take the plunge and invest on some degree, great but don't do it for the sake of joining the rat race. Knowledge is power, but let's not abuse it.

3 comments:

endroog.com said...

I wish him luck in his studies.

Gallivanter said...

PhD (Permanent Head Damage) is overrated. :-P

kyels said...

That's true. Knowledge is power and we should know how to use it and not abuse it.

PhD or not; it does not matter. It's how you carry yourself and do your work responsibly that matters.

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