I graduated from college a few years ago… I’m not bragging, I’m regretting. I graduated with a degree in Information Systems Management that was supposed to prepare me exactly for what I’m doing now: managing projects, overseeing work flow, marketing a product, and all the other aspects of running a small business.
If I had only read this when I got out of high school. If I had taken Guy’s advice and learned how to make money instead of being an employee. If I had just found Seth’s blog when he started it… I’m not saying all college is a total waste. I am saying that my university was a total waste for me.
Let me break that down.
I went to college to get a degree. My parents told me a degree was “something to fall back on”, it was “security”, and it would “prepare me for the real world”. In reality it took away my preparedness. I’m a surviving kinda guy. I needed to pass college so I did it the best way possible: find out what the teachers wanted and gave it to them. Within a year I wasn’t trying… I graduated top 10 in my class because I was the best at giving the teachers what they wanted… not because I paid attention to anything they said.
Fast forward to now. I guess that was a valuable lesson. Learning how to give people what they want… but you know what I wish I had known even more? How to setup QuickBooks, or better yet, how to release a successful press release.
Because you know what I have learned that has been worthwhile since I started college (until the present)?