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Don't Go To College To Get A Degree

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Did you know that if you only have a high school diploma your chances of finding full time employment in America is only 30%? That means your chances of living the "good life" is greatly diminished and your chances of living a "great life" is on the chopping block. So, you should at least shoot for a college degree. But if shooting for a college degree is the way to go, then why on earth would I tell you not to go to college to get a degree. I realize this may seem somewhat confusing and contradictory advice, but let me explain.  

I often hear people say things like, "I graduated from college and I still can't find a job", "College is overrated", or something along those lines. They haven't been able to discover the value in completing college, because they went to college to get a degree. Therefore, they succeeded in "getting a degree", but they still missed the boat. Read More

When I went to college many, many, many years ago I didn't go to get a degree. I went to college to learn. In essence, I went to college to receive an education and the degree was simply given to me as a consequence of obtaining the education. However, if I had focused primarily on just getting a degree, I probably could have still managed to complete college, but then I'm quite sure I would not have received the rich education that has allowed me to thrive.

Therefore, don't acquire diplomas, certifications, degrees, or even advanced degrees simply to obtain these pieces of paper. Instead work toward obtaining the education and the  pieces of paper will come along with them. But keep in mind that the pieces of paper have no intrinsic value and will not get you a job by their mere existence. While your graduation photo may look good on mom's dresser, corporate America will not automatically hire you and you will not automatically make lots of money simply because you donned a cap and gown. The value lies in your knowledge. You will become successful when you discover the highest expression of your talents, and this is what the education process helps you to achieve.


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