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Education is invaluable in all aspects of life. Whether you are cooking, cleaning, designing, playing, or doing anything else, successful results come from knowing what it is you are doing and that knowledge comes from obtaining education. Education can be obtained many ways and is even more available now with the Internet and other access to information. Formal education is an option such a college degree, but trade schools, professional seminars, industry training, and other sources of education makes people more competitive and valuable.

Obtaining the proper levels of education also opens up opportunity to be competitive, productive, and competent. In most things, compensation increases as roles and responsibilities become larger so past education and continued education are critical to ensure that you don’t find yourself underqualified to perform. Education requires dedication, sacrifice, and sometimes cost, but it is well worth it to increase aptitude and capability.

When seeking education, it is important to ensure the content is relevant to achieve whatever goals are in place. Some education may be interesting, but may not be beneficial to accomplish what is needed. With the huge amount of educational resources that are available, careful consideration has to be given to determine what is best, regardless of the topic. When you apply yourself properly and focus on learning, education will always pay dividends and is greatly valued by those with whom you have interaction.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.