Titan Smith admits he’s never heard of the “order of success,” but his real-life experience shows that achieving certain milestones helps ensure a happy and successful life. Research shows that it helps.
The “success sequence” includes graduating from high school, getting a full-time job, and getting married before having children.
Research by nonprofits and government agencies shows that 97 percent of young people who follow this sequence do not experience poverty in adulthood.
So far, Smith has checked off two of the requirements: high school graduation and full-time employment. As for his third child, Smith and his wife Lauren got married two years ago and plan to start a family someday.
He and his wife are also homeowners, having purchased their Davis County townhome in 2021, a few weeks after his 19th birthday.
The Smiths met in high school and planned to get married after graduation, but “she didn’t want to get married unless I bought her a house,” he said.
The summer before his senior year of high school, Smith wanted to find a summer job to earn money to buy things for his girlfriend and himself. She was the manager of her school’s girls’ soccer team, which is how she met her current wife. One team member’s mother encouraged her husband to get a job at an electrical company.
“I started going there right out of high school. I never thought it would become a full-time job,” he said.
The plan was to work over the summer and then “think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”
But after a few months of working with master electricians and others in the industry, “I was hooked. I loved it. I loved going out and working hard every day.” I work and come home tired.”
He especially liked the work environment where he got to know his co-workers. They gave him career advice. “If you want to do this long-term, you need to enroll in electrical school, because being an apprentice forever is not a career.”
As a high school senior, Smith enrolled in Davis Tech’s electrical apprenticeship program, attending high school classes during the day and attending trade school at night. He was also working.
Despite the disruption to school schedules caused by the pandemic, Smith managed to complete his high school and electrical apprenticeship at Davis Tech. After that, I passed the residential electrician license exam on the first try.
Mr. Smith was also selected as Davis Institute of Technology’s 2023 Student of the Year, won multiple gold medals in SkillsUSA competitions, and placed in the top 30 out of approximately 35,000 electricians at the Ideal National Championship .
He just completed his first semester at Weber State University, where he is seeking an associate professor of applied science in construction management. Smith, 21, continues to work full-time, primarily wiring homes. Earning his associate’s degree will allow him to take the Residential Master Electrician exam sooner, allowing him to advance in his career faster.
The Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based think tank, recently commissioned a poll on the “Order of Success.” Poll results show most Utahns agree with this concept.
A survey of 1,210 likely voters in Utah conducted by Y2 Analytics between October 12 and November 10 found that the majority believe that in order to ensure personal success and a happy life, completing high school and working full-time They found that they agree that employment is important (89% and 86%). Each.
Regarding the third milestone, 68% of Utahns surveyed agreed that it is important for individuals to postpone raising children until after marriage to ensure a successful and happy life.
The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
According to a study by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Mathematica Policy Research, the groups of young people with the lowest poverty rates are those who have completed some combination of high school graduation, employment, and marriage.
“Groups with higher poverty rates are those who completed only one milestone or had children in combination with only one other milestone. These associations mean that the poverty rates of some groups are higher than others. It plays an important role in explaining why the average age group is lower than that of other groups, and adds to the available evidence on how the paths young people take as they transition to adulthood are related to economic outcomes in adulthood. “It helps us expand,” according to the study.
The poll also asked whether the “Success Order” economic outcomes should be taught in middle and high schools. According to a Sutherland Institute poll, 73% of respondents agreed it should be taught. The Sutherland Institute aims to “advance principled public policy that promotes the constitutional values of faith, family, and freedom,” the institute’s website says.
The approval rating among single-person households and those living in the same household dropped to 60%, and among those who supported the Democratic Party, it also fell to 60%. Among Republicans surveyed, 80% agreed that Chain of Success economic outcomes should be incorporated into school curriculums.
Of the parents surveyed, 74% agreed that success sequences should be included in school curriculum, slightly more than those with less than a college degree.
Meanwhile, poll results showed little difference in support for teaching the curriculum among whites and ethnic minorities, at 74% and 73%, respectively.
The strongest opinion is between self-identified liberals and self-identified conservatives, with only 56% of liberals supporting the inclusion of “Order of Success” in school economics curricula; Among those in the group, 89% supported it.
Smith said he truly believes this information should be taught to students in school.
“Yes, I agree with that statement 100%. I have never heard of the order of success or seen such a title before, but these three are definitely, thankfully It’s something I was taught as a kid and was able to learn on my own,” he said.
He admits that after enrolling in technical college classes, he became more and more convinced that he wanted to become an electrician, and that he was not sure of graduating from high school, as he worked even more and earned enough money.
But he worked together to achieve both. Although Smith often joked about dropping out, he said he had every intention of getting his diploma.
“We did it because we thought that’s what we should do,” he said.