Is School is KILLING your Success?
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...
I believe the Mis-Education system is the 2nd biggest scam of the modern age (I'll tell you about the #1 biggest some other time). The hard reality is 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 sit around for 4+ years learning from a broke professor who makes $70k a year? When you could just go online and get much better information straight from an actual an expert in that field, such as a successful businessman, or accomplished engineer, and learn everything you need to know in a matter of weeks or months direct from source. It's absolute insanity to spend so much valuable time and invest so much capital (often via debt) for such a shoddy product. And don't forget, no refunds! That's just the start of what's wrong with our 'education' system.
School teaches you how to do everything the wrong way.
- School will teach you to sit and struggle with a math problem that has already been solved.
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.
- School will teach you not to copy the answer from other people.
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.
- School will teach you to focus on your weaknesses. E.g get better at math in order to pass with good grades.
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. WHY should you be forced to follow a linear growth curve when you're capable of exponential growth! It makes absolutely no sense to limit yourself to the lowest common denominator in a classroom.
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 Success.
- If your kid wants to be a neurosurgeon - there's an online course for that.
- If your kid wants to build rockets for SpaceX - there's an online course for that.
- If your kid wants to be a billionaire real estate mogul - there's an online course for that.
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 Recommended Reading page for a great list of life changing books to help you get started!
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