"Knowledge without work is dangerous"
"Knowledge without work is dangerous"
I KNOW this post title is going to work some people up - as it should. But you wanna know what works me up? SCHOOL! Okay, maybe the title is a bit harsh, school is useful in some situations. But rather than going there just because you don't know what the hell else to do I think everyone should at least consider what you're going to get out of it rather than simply saying "I want to get my basics out of the way" or "I need to go to school to learn how to do my profession".
Please note: I may also be a bit jaded as I went to school for about 2 years and hated it - it was terrible
School is a really long time. In most minimal cases it is 2 years and it can extend as long as 6 or even 8 years. For the average human that can be like 1/10 of your life. Do you really want to spend potentially 1/10 of your life (and your youth at that) trapped in school wasting your time?
Be wary of the teachers that teach in colleges - some teachers aren't as smart as you think they are. Ask yourself this, if they really were as smart as they think they are would they really be teaching in the industry or would they be innovating in it? In most cases they would be in the industry killing it and innovating in it. Sure there are a few teachers that actually enjoy teaching students and that's fine. But remember, it's always easier to be a teacher than a professional.
Other students can slow a class down and take away valuable learning time with time wasting questions and other useless things. It's true. If a student asks a question you have to sit there and listen. What is your alternative? What if majority of the class is always asking questions because they don't study? You have to suffer the consequences due to their lack of effort. It's retarded (and not the good kind).
It's funny how far college can take you from learning things in real life like ACTION and MISTAKES. People get so caught up in the niche study that they forget to focus on the big picture of getting things done and going after things which have an actual audience.
Rather than pay some school $100k or so in grants and stupid loans and stuff why not put your money into real estate? I'm sure you could leverage your cash much better and if you're dedicated you could probably turn that $100,000 into $1,000,000 by the time you leave school. Then you can really do what you're passionate about!
I mean really think about it. Most people's goal with school is to make money. Period. Does school teach you how to manage money? Does it teach you how to balance a checkbook? Does it teach you self-control, diligence and all the other traits that work towards wealth? Cmon. Read some books on money and investments and just start doing this on your own. It really would be a better move to take your 100k or whatever it is and start putting it to work. I would be surprised if somebody who was working hard couldn't turn that into 200k - 500k after 4 years.
Why is it that people never go on to start their own company straight out of school? Schools focus entirely on holding your hand all the way to your first employer. I guess this is okay for most people, but at least consider if you really want to be an employee. It's just funny how people usually start as an employee and then if they are enlightened become a businessman. It is never the other way around.
These days there is this sweet thing called the Internet. It is pretty easy to bypass all the fluff and cut right to the chase with the net. If the net doesn't have all the answers there are still tons of books which most colleges charge you to read. Screw that, why not just take a trip to the library or buy some books off amazon and kill it on your own? Does it really make a difference if you read a book because your class requires it vs reading it because you want to learn about it? I am willing to bet most people that educate themselves OUTSIDE of school are much smarter than those that educate themselves in school.
School is so worthless. The more I think about it the more it frustrates me. College is just another business where they are making TONS of money off employees (you).
I can't wait to open a college when I have money so everybody can attend and think they are on the road to success. It's somehow funny how sheeple go wherever you open the gate.
And of course, the best part is whether people like my advice or not, 50% of students will in fact drop out of school :). Good riddance!Filed under: Personal Development, Life, Business, School