06/10/2015 02:54 EDT | Updated 06/10/2015 03:59 EDT

17 Best Life Lessons Learned After Leaving School

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For some, the credentials school offers can be an invaluable tool used to build other opportunities. But for others, the only exciting thing about academia is getting the heck out of there.

Life after school is a challenging and exhilarating journey. Some of life’s more most pragmatic lessons come from simply taking risks and learning from mistakes. And sometimes, when we’re lucky, the occasional person lends us their time to share lessons they’ve learned on their own adventure.

So we asked our readers on Facebook to share with us the most valuable life lesson they’ve learned outside of school. Here’s what they said:

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Do you have any valuable pieces of advice to add? Share them in the comments.

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