As I scrolled though my Facebook page the other day, I came across a talk from Tai Lopez titled "How I went from broke to buying a Lamborghini" and started to scrummage through his posts. There's this hint of curiosity that strikes when you start to realize that these motivational speakers or innovators, who don't have that much traditional education, are the ones educating people.
By tradition I mean a University degree, a college degree, the "school" that teaches you. Why is that one of the only things all these self-made millionaires or billionaires have in common is their lack of obtaining degrees?
Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs have literally changed the world we live in, and they don't need a degree to prove their credibility to anyone.
According to a study done by Bloomberg, one out of 4 self-made billionaires are College drop outs.
After doing my research on the subject, here's what I suggest you do:
Nowadays you can find all the information you need through books or blogs. There's crash courses that are more valuable than most degrees. Many people rush into a field that they are not really interested in simply because they feel pressured to obtain a degree. Unless you are becoming a professional,, getting a Bachelors in Sociology or History will not benefit you as much as you think.
If you are good in sales, no amount of education will teach you how to sell. Same goes for many mechanical fields and the arts. If you know you are talented in cooking, then go out and learn how working in a kitchen! You can read ample amounts of books on "Becoming a Chef for Dummies" but unless you've mastered the skills hands on, it means nothing.
Not everyone in the world is meant to be an Engineer or Doctor, quite frankly we wouldn't function without all other careers. As Einstein said: Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it's stupid". Some are talented in different ways, and that's okay too. Instead of building that company at the age of 19 years old, and it being on Fortune 500's most profitable, you're stuck in Business school because your parents want you to have a degree. Don't make that mistake. Some opportunities only come once in a lifetime. Hold on tight.
Many will argue that education being taught in Universities, don't necessarily challenge your thoughts, or encourage you to use your imagination. Read a book, take notes, memorize exactly what's in that book, and get tested on it. Sounds familiar? Unfortunately, that's our educational system nowadays. That's why they don't build innovators and artists out of College.
Of course not everyone is fortunate enough to afford a traditional education, which is why they tend to go into the world and build experience first. Think about it like this: four years to obtain a Bachelors, tuition + living expenses will amount to $50k a year = $200k in four years. Will that degree get you a job right out of College that makes that amount? Ask yourself first if you are getting a good return on your investment before jumping into it.
But of course I love to play devil's advocate and if I had to give MY opinion, I think everyone should have a University degree. Because what it DOES teach you is discipline, how to set a goal and accomplish it. Not everyone has the self motivation or hustler gene in them, and sometimes guidance is what you need. If this does not apply to you, then I suggest you follow your dreams - and read about it here.