This might work for some very talented and ambitious people in some professions,
but for the most part, college provides much of the educational training for
many of our jobs--especially those that require a fair degree of academic
knowledge. Can you imagine your brain surgeon as a college drop-out?
@ Kings CourtI think you missed the point of the story. The point
is that when someone is self-driven to achieve, he or she will make sure they
acquire all the skills necessary to get them where they want to go.These skills could be acquired in college--or somewhere else.Certainly, brain surgeon skills must be acquired in a medical school. But
things like computer skills (and many other entrepreunerial skills) can just as
likely (if not more likely) be acquired out in the real world. A true
entrepreneur will know where to find them.In any case, it's so
refreshing to see that the colleges and universities which set themselves up as
"gates to success" (with a very high gateway fee) have now become not
the only way, but just one of many different ways.
I think this is a bit misleading. The individuals who are generally successful
while dropping out of college, are those who are extremely intelligent, Ivy
League bound students. Just because Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, and a few
other individuals who did not complete college were able to become leaders of
their industry, that by no means is for everyone, because the percentage of
those who fail while dropping out of college are not even mentioned in this
article; and trust me, the amount who fail while dropping out is MUCH higher
than those who succeed at the task. Plus, the primary career which supports this
tactic is entrepreneurship, which is certainly also a career in which those who
fail are MUCH higher than those who succeed. I think a college education is
still vital towards success, because even though there are some individuals who
are billionaires and did not finish college, they did have some flaws, for which
an extra 4 years of your life would not hurt to give up.
You're not going to be a zuckerberg or gates, or pro athlete. It's
just not statistically going to happen. But the best route, I figure, into a
good job without college or university is to go the trades route. It's
always the plumbers and electricians going to mexico or hawaii. At least the
ones I know.
Part of the issue is self-perception. If a person is motivated and on-track
with his own business, that's one thing. But if he's living at home
and vaguely believes he can write the best video games ever, he's going to
hide behind the illusion out of laziness.College is a great place to
compare your skill set and preparation with your peers. And hopefully students
can find out in the first year or two what field they can excel in.Frankly, in a balanced economy we need shipping clerks and dishwashers.
Obama's dream that we can all be middle class is just that; a dream.
If your parents are trying to get you to go to college, just go and get a
degree.If you are on your own and have no passion to make you focus
your efforts, still go.And if you are a genius, definitely go to
MIT. As far as I can tell, there is unlimited start up money for MIT graduates
no matter how stupid their business idea is.Just face it, most
people aren't going to get lucky so get the education and then hope to get
Hackers have a bag of tricks. If they're quick enough they can keep that
bag from becoming obsolete, but one must maintain technical relevance, or else
all those tricks are worthless. Unfortunately that happens a lot in technology
that's rapidly evolving. If you've devoted your whole life to playing
the electric kazoo and then the electric kazoo falls out of popularity, or the
manufacturer discontinues it, or makes it so that everyone and their dog can
play it without any skill, then you're out. The foundational
concepts of any given science or technical field, tend to be harder to learn
(and a whole lot more dry, not nearly as fun), and yet applicable to all the
tricks. The idea is that the foundational principles cannot be as easily
obsoleted... of course sometimes the path from concept to relevance is so long
that you're of limited use too, at least until you can evolve a more
current skillset...In either case, there's no short road to
success, it's really a matter of hard work all the time, regardless.
Let's see...Don't go to college & flip burgers or work
at Walmart the rest of your life.orGo to College, beg, borrow and
steal for 6-8 years - aquire a debt of $100K+ and STILL end up flipping burgers
or working at Walmart.It doesn't take a college education to
figure it out...