*Did you know that Tyra Banks earned a business management degree from Harvard and that Shaquille O’Neal has a doctorate and MBA from Barry University in Florida?

We often forget the usefulness of an education, no matter where we stand in our career.

If you want to succeed in your career, ramping up your performance could mean hitting the books.

Read on for more about how these two well-respected celebs set to embellish their careers, and how you can follow in their footsteps:

Tyra Banks: Model, Actress, Blazing Entrepreneur

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What doesn’t Tyra Banks have? From a critically acclaimed career in modeling, to success as host of “America’s Next Top Model,” and her own business, Banks is a woman who knows how to maintain her celebrity. According to, Tyra began her career by making waves as the first African-American woman to be featured in GQ, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalogue. These early successes helped cement her as a supermodel that could not be easily forgotten. Ever interested in doing more, Banks began her jaunt into reality TV in 2003. Instead of signing on to someone else’s idea, she was the driving force as creator, producer and host for the now popular TV show, “America’s Next Top Model.” Additionally, The Tyra Banks Company is dedicated to investing in start-ups, with a special interest in female-focused businesses.

Adding icing to her already decadent cake, she recently earned her degree in business management from Harvard, making her an unstoppable machine. You, too, can follow in her footsteps by going to college, as Banks proves that no matter your age, you can get a stellar education. If you’re interested in edging out fierce competition, look no further than the information superhighway. is just one example of the sites available to guide you in the direction you want. An online accounting degree, for example, is within easy reach even with a schedule as hectic as Tyra’s.

Shaquille O’Neal: From Hoops to Books

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With such a formidable NBA career, and a name familiar in any household, little is known about Shaq’s accomplishments in the classroom. O’Neal began his professional basketball career with the Orlando Magic, gained immediate success and then took a sizable contract to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Not willing to stop there, he was a part of the gold medal-winning USA Dream Team in the Atlanta Olympics. After 19 memorable seasons, Shaq retired and set his sights on higher education, earning both an M.B.A and a doctorate in education from Barry University. Even after a prodigious basketball career, he kept his passion for learning, showing us that it is never too late to pursue our dreams, academic or otherwise.

No matter how successful your career might be, both Tyra Banks and Shaquille O’Neal show us that education can be a priority, even in the best of circumstances. Devoting your time to education can help you rise to meteoric heights and become something of a celebrity in your own right.