A lot of successful people dropped out of school. Before I say anything else, I have to make a HUGE NOTE. I am mostly talking about marketing, creative direction, design, programming and business. If you want to be a doctor, you’d better go to school. If you want to be a lawyer, pilot, dentist or any job that will make you responsible for other people’s lives, you’d better go to school. No ‘buts’!
Now, back to the type of jobs I was talking about; obviously a lot of super-successful people got an education. The reason I don’t believe in the educational system for myself is the experience with graduates I had.
Your Marketing degree is useless
A few days earlier, I was trying to hire an assistant. I found this very nice and smart girl. She graduated from a good university in South Florida. She never had to worry about anything but taking the stupid exams. We went back and forth and then I started asking her about her skills. The really long sentences she came up with basically said nothing. What she told me was absolutely fucking nothing… She didn’t know how to build a campaign in Google Adwords, how to upload a post on WordPress, not even what a sales funnel is. She didn’t know how to create a Facebook Page or how to manage one. I know people who never graduated in marketing, and they know all of that just because they were curious enough to do some research. Those weren’t even marketing questions… I was just trying to figure out what she is interested in.
After I explained to her that basically, I’m going to teach her everything she needs to know about digital marketing today, she told me that she was more interested in the creative aspect. I asked if she wanted to do copy-writing or maybe something related to design, and she said no. What is the creative part she was talking about, I still don’t know.
No education can save your from your own mindset
A lot of people are coming out of the American educational system without knowledge or any idea of what do they want to do. By the time you are 20 years old, you already know what type of alcohol or weed you like, but you need until 30 to KIND OF figure out what you want to do with your life. A lot of people have some “romantic dreams”, to do something they saw in the movies, but nobody is actually ready and open to experiment. To actually go and work your ass off. My point is that the educational system in the creative fields is not teaching you the most important things. Number 1 to go and do whatever you said you were going to do, and number 2, to really explore, experiment, to be curious and put the hard work.
That might sound to you like a motivational talk for entrepreneurs, but it’s not. It’s for creators which I believe everyone is. Just go out and figure it out. It’s not right to think, that when you are 20 years old, that you have plenty of time. It’s just extremely wrong, especially in a time when everything is happening so fast. The internet era has sped up everything. Most of all, it gave everyone the opportunity to open YouTube and learn basically ANYTHING. I believe everyone has some super talent. The problem is that everyone is so chilled and relaxed. So calm and quite. So not ready to live and explore.
IF EVERYONE WAS WORKING ON THEIR ONLINE BUSINESS AS MUCH AS THEY WORK ON THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES, BY POSTING STUPID STORIES 50 TIMES A DAY, EVERYTHING WOULD LOOK A LOT DIFFERENT.
I was a senior front-end developer before I even graduated high-school. I never graduated from college. I left after only 7 months. I couldn’t understand the standards and the ‘guidelines’ they had. I was born and raised in Eastern Europe. This is the place where you go to school and it doesn’t really matter how good you are, because the same diploma that you get with 4 years of hard work, could also be purchased. Here, in the United States, it is a little different. I am 25 years old and even though it’s not about the money I made, which is more than most graduates, I feel a lot richer, because I have the freedom to dream, to think, and to act.
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