It was quite a journey – These are some invaluable things I picked up along the way.
It was quite a journey – These are some invaluable things I picked up along the way.
I’m often asked on my various social media pages “Rob, should I drop out of college?” or “Rob, should I send my kids to school? and my answer is inevitably always the same.
The Mis-Education system is the biggest scam of the modern age. You do not need ‘good grades’ or a college degree to succeed in life, quite the opposite. In fact 80% of BILLIONAIRES are not college graduates. That fact alone is rather telling…
As many of you know, I myself am a serial drop-out, I left school the first time at just age 12 – I learnt more that year than all the previous years of school combined – eventually I got into a quite reputable college, despite having no qualifications (You do NOT need good grades to get into college or to get a job) and promptly dropped out again after just 1 year at college as I quickly realized it was a complete waste of time.
Why on earth would anyone spend tens of thousands of dollars to spend 4+ years learning from a broke professor making $60k a year when you could just go online and get much better information straight from an actual millionaire, or an expert in any field, and learn everything you need to know in a matter of weeks or months. It’s absolute insanity, and that’s just the start of what’s wrong with our ‘education’ system.
School teaches you how to do everything the wrong way.
Waste of time. Just skip to the back of the book and get the answer. If your boss finds you wasting hours trying to solve a problem that already has a solution, you’re going to find yourself on the firing line real fast.
Pure stupidity. Modelling people who have already gotten the results you want is one of the most effective ways to achieve ANYTHNG. If someone has already solved a problem, just examine their solution and apply it. Only an idiot tries to reinvent the wheel. This is the value of books, courses & mentors – they provide you a straight line from A to B.
Complete waste of time. Focus on your strengths & maximize their effectiveness. Ignore your weaknesses, you can hire other people to do them. Everyone successful has mastered a specific ‘niche’. Diversification is for losers. Not only does school teach you the WRONG way to do everything, it also trains you to believe that progress must be incremental.
Why can’t you test out & graduate directly from 4th grade? Why can’t you improve your results exponentially? Why can’t you take 3rd Grade English & 5th Grade Chemistry if you want to?
In reality you CAN do this, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping from $100k a year directly to 8 figures. You don’t need to stop off at $250k, $500k, $1m, $4m etc along the way to $10m.
If teachers said “I can take you from 1st Grade to 6th Grade in one year” school might be worth a more than a second of consideration, instead they make it incremental. Utterly stupid, all this does is stifle progress and handicap capable students for the sake of some ‘established order’.
So what is it with parents and their obsession with ‘school’ and ‘college’?!
School didn’t work for them. It probably didn’t work for anyone they know. Yet they still advocate for it, they might as well be suffering from mass-delusion.
I’m going to assume everyone reading this has already graduated highschool, although some of you may be considering college, in which case this next bit still applies.
If you are a parent, the best thing you can do for your kids is get them out of school. Yes, ensure they learn the basic necessities (Physics, Philosophy, English & Maths). Hire a tutor if necessary and encourage active learning. Aside from that let them develop their own talents and focus on their strengths:
Discipline + Autodidactism + the Internet = Genius.
If you can overcome your own ego, admit that nothing you learnt in school has ever been useful in your real life, and that you essentially got conned into wasting years of your life in a classroom surrounded by people you didn’t even like… Then you’ll be pulling your kids out of class right about now.
If you are currently considering college – ask yourself what the ROI of that investment is going to be.
You are going to be investing 4 years of your life & many thousands of dollars, for what?
A piece of paper that MIGHT help you land a resoundingly mediocre $50k a year job?
A chance to party and screw around with your friends for a few years?
Hint: You can do that without going to college.
Get a head start over your peers by opting out of the college-scam and choosing the path of the daring, the ambitious and the rich.
P.S – It’s essential you build a personal library in your house.
Check out my Resources page for a great list of life changing books to help you get started.
Sometimes this is due to a mini-burnout, sometimes this is due to a lack of passion, sometimes it’s simply due to a lack of results. But how do you overcome it? A key element within all successful people is the ability to push past such hurdles and keep moving forward despite them.
1) Mix things up. A lot of people fall into ‘stagnation’, they take the same commute to the same office every day, with the same people, the same conversations, the same tasks. It gets boring, and inevitably anyone stuck in that situation will find themselves losing inspiration and motivation. When you do the same thing every day for months on end you’re bound to get tired of it. As an entrepreneur you have the freedom to do things your own way, make the most of it! You can leverage your freedom to help increase your productivity. There’s a lot of ways you can do this, for example immerse yourself in different environments. Sometimes I like to pick a random cafe and take my work there for the day, the change of pace & scenery creates a different atmosphere. It opens up new opportunities, allows you to meet new people and keeps things interesting! If you’re fully location independent consider working while you travel, spend time in different cities, perhaps even different countries. Travel, explore & stay excited. You can even use this as a way to build a huge network of people while you also build your business alongside. Another method is to attend different events, not only are conferences & seminars great for networking and learning, but they expose you to new ideas, different business cultures & other focused, motivated people.
In short, don’t get stuck in monotony. That’s a surefire way to kill your passion.
2) Change your physiology.
If you ever find yourself sitting at your desk losing energy & focus. Struggling to get that one piece of work done as the clock ticks by. Get up and leave. It’s fine, we’ve all been there. Once you get bogged down in that distracted, procrastinating mindset it’s very hard to break out. And when you’re sitting still for long periods of time, it’s almost inevitable at some point you will hit that problem. Again, it often comes down to being stagnant. Get up and take a break, change your state, do something else completely different, something that creates motion. I like to take walks in parks or out in nature, others like to go for a run. Find what works for you, go to a coffee shop & make conversation with someone, go to the gym and hit the weights. Anything that will change your focus & create motion will help you break that mental cycle. It’s impossible to be bored while you’re active & engaged, your physiology doesn’t allow it.
3) Leverage your fears.
Are you afraid of letting your parents down, being a failure, never achieving your dreams? Good, think about it. What are you afraid of, what’s your nightmare situation. For me, the thought of lying on my deathbed one day thinking “I wish I had…” is simply unacceptable, and you can be damn sure I used that fear to my advantage. Make use of every tool you can get your hands on because what’s at stake is far more than a job or career, it’s the quality of your entire existence. Fear is a very powerful tool, just as powerful as pleasure, and together they are enormous motivators. Really picture it, think deep, imagine a future where your fears of failure or never achieving your dreams. Feel how horrifying that event would be, having to live with knowing you were a failure, and knowing what you could have achieved. Leverage that emotion to give yourself no other option than to succeed. When you put it in perspective like that, whatever little piece of work you were avoiding doesn’t seem like such a big deal now does it.