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Why Credentials Might Not Really Matter!

AnnieBurnside3 2I have contemplated the idea of “the degree” a lot in the past several years through both my own experiential lens and through the experiences of several others whose work I greatly appreciate. Degree or no degree? Is there a degree for much of what many of us desire to offer through our work today? If so, how much does it really matter? In this “new age” of technology and expanding paradigms, can we simply share our perspective and experience without the need to validate what we know because somebody else labels us as knowing it?

I feel that these are important questions for not only ourselves, but for our youth and society as a whole in the modern world.

To be sure, I am not really speaking so much about the merits of a college degree, or not, in this piece. Collectively, most agree in our society today that a college degree is a “required” means to round out a formal education. While there is much discussion to be had on this topic, too, I am referring here more to a degree in the “abstract” sense leading many individuals to resist going for their dreams and offering their natural talents because an outside somebody, be it another individual or an institution, has not afforded them a stamp of approval that they indeed are capable in their chosen area.

While undoubtedly, there are many careers in our world today where a degree to “be” something is quite necessary – an engineer, an allopathic doctor, an accountant, to name a few – more and more, I am sensing as I work with others on soul purpose that perhaps rather than a degree for certain paths, we simply need to empower ourselves to walk through our own natural gateways.

Using my life as an example, there may come a time in one’s life where there really is no formal degree for what we desire to create. And to feel that we need a degree actually diminishes the exact message that we espouse.

Eventually, many of us must decide that we are willing to simply create from our own personal truth, soul perspective and life experience with courage and without apology. Eventually, we come to understand that there is not an official degree for sharing what makes our heart sing and our cells quicken.

In my case, I simply declared myself to be a soul nurturer for which there is definitely no degree. Why? Simply because I knew myself, in my deepest space, to be one. No degree…

From that declaration, I declared myself a public speaker. This did not stem from my having ever taken a class on public speaking, but rather because I felt called from the inside to do it, and I accepted my first opportunity to share myself in this way when it synchronistically appeared on my path to do so. No degree…

Unfolding from there, I declared myself a Soul to Soul Circle creator and leader, using my own intuition, to recognize this as the next natural step in my career. While it is true that I formerly taught fourth and fifth grades and knew that I had in me the capacity to teach, there was no manual on how to effectively open a spiritual path for others in a group setting that I followed. No degree…

Onward still, despite having never taken a specific creative writing or journalism class in my years of formal education all the way through graduate school, I chose to become an author and a blogger. While with both I was at first intimidated by my lack of schooling as a writer and had no idea of the “rules” for either, I allowed myself to grow with my writing as I went, and continue to do so today. No degree…

Finally, broadcasting had never even crossed my mind as an interest until I had a published book and my publicist recommended radio. Being a guest was one thing, but me as a host, OH MY! However, when the opportunity arose to try it, I felt a YES in my soul. Once again, learning as I went the multi-layered aspects of this medium. All was new to me. All still is rather new to me. No degree…

I share these examples from my own life today to suggest that perhaps we place too much importance in our society on needing proof, needing research, needing data, needing external validation. While there is most definitely a place for all of the above, these things all speak to the mind. And sometimes, we must decide from the heart.

As we get older, we can choose not to partake in a dream—a heart’s desire—because we don’t have a degree, and therefore, don’t have proof of our worth OR we can choose to partake anyway.

I am here to encourage the latter. We are all messengers through our lives lived. It is my perspective that we don’t need a degree to share ourselves fully with the world. In many, many cases, our expanded perspective, our inner knowing, our life experience and our sheer desire to share our authentic SELF with the world is enough. In fact, it’s more than enough!

We do not need a degree to embrace what stirs our soul. We do not need a degree to share what lights us up. If we can share from the heart in a soul to soul vibration of warmth, passion and personal truth that inspires others without attachment to agreement or outcome, then we are free. Free to BE…

Warmth and LOVE,



A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside, M.Ed. is a soul nurturer, award-winning author, and teacher specializing in parenting, conscious relationships, authentic living and spiritual development. Her book Soul to Soul Parenting won the 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award. Connect with Annie on Facebook and engage with her on Twitter @annieburnside.