Studying does not make you successful

Studying does not make you successful- with Maree.

Mr. Maree is a kind, go-getter spirited young man who attended the My Best Gap Year in 2016. He decided to attend because he first studied at TUk’s, Industrial Psychology. But he did not seem to click with what he studies. Then he decided he wanted to do a GAP year, and his mother arranged it for him at My Best Gap Year.

Maree says he used to be one of the young people that believed or felt they had to study something significant for him to be a success. But he found that studying does not determine your success.  With My Best Gap Year, he learned how to work in teams, how to get along with other people, how to solve conflicts. He learned who he is, what his talents are and what he wants to do with his life.

” Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. – Lou Holtz”

He is currently studying tourism. But are thinking about changing his direction again. He said that in the GAP year he learned that it is okay to change your mind and start over in discovering who you are and what you want to do. He especially says he learned how to speak in front of people.  GAP Year made him realise that life is full of opportunities. And that we should not be scared if something does not work out, keep on trying to find what you love to do.

Maree wants to become a billionaire and have great relationships. He is looking for the right kind of women to compliment his journey. And he believes he will find her because he knows who he is. Maree does not give up easily, even if he knows the odds may be against him.

“Lots of people think they deserve success as some sort of a right. But here’s the truth… success is something you need to earn through effort. – Eric Worre”

Maree says he would recommend My Best Gap Year to school leavers because people are influenced what to study by their parents or authority figure’s and not necessarily only what the individual wants to do. He says this will help school leavers to try different career paths. If people don’t do a gap year the chances are big that they will lose motivation and stop trying to build their ideal career.

What to do if Studying is not an option for you:

  1. Gain knowledge through self-learning e.g. Google and reading
  2. Gain experience and build your portfolio
  3. Learn in-demand skills – E.g. strong work ethic, dependability, a positive attitude and the ability to work under pressure. Share your accomplishment stories with prospective employers.
  4. Build a team of mentors – Choose someone who is in the position in which you want to be and learn from them.
  5. Don’t give up – It’s up to you to keep yourself accountable for your success.
  6. Investigate your options – Even though you didn’t study, there are still many opportunities that will help you build a career.

If you want to learn more about what options are available to you in your career and want to attend My Best Gap year. Please contact Reneé Van Wyk at or visit our Contact Us page.