College Drop-Out…

Kayne West “College Drop Out” Album seems to be a fitting background intro right?

Yep,that’s me, a college drop out… and if you read that title with any sort of negative connotation, you should probably just stop reading here because you are not going to like the rest of this.

During my high school days, I began to look at colleges because, well it’s what everyone does right?? My parents assumed that is what I would do, I mean how else was I supposed to make a living? I was always told that if you didn’t get an education you would be destined to flip burgers at McDonald’s for the rest of your life. So I graduated high school and went to college, I didn’t know any better, I was just following the crowd. Here’s where it gets interesting…

I got to college and I began to read…a lot. I don’t mean Harry Potter or House of Cards or anything like that, I mean nonfiction, business, money, success, rich people books. I began to realize things, I began to open my eyes, I began to look at my peers, my professors, and even myself differently. I was learning all of these things that went against my entire school system and how I had been taught my entire life.

The book collection grew and so did my hatred for school, I had stopped socializing with my college classmates, which was a drastic change from the outgoing, borderline obnoxious high school student that I was. I began listening to podcast instead of the radio, I began to go to bookstores, my family almost passed out when I told them this, I was a full on nerd, but instead of dungeons and dragons, it was Napoleon Hill and Dave Ramsey. I began to learn the ins and outs of running a business even more so than when I actually had run my own business in high school. More importantly I was learning that my business degree from school was almost laughable in the real world, it might have landed me a mediocre job in banking or maybe allow me to work on the business ladder,(I just threw up in my mouth typing that) but it certainly wasn’t going to get me mentioned in one of those books I had been reading or put me on the cover of Forbes. So it was time for a new plan…

Yeah it took me awhile to figure out the next step, none of the books tell you how to disobey your parents and professors and pretty much everyone else you look up to and go do your own thing. I spent two miserable years in college, wondering if getting out of bed was even worth it, (it wasn’t most days) before I had finally had enough and decide to figure out my life, my way, on my schedule.

As many of you know, dropping out of college is by far the most positive thing I have ever done in my life and it has worked out very well for me and I know that I made the right decision for my life and circumstances. BUT I am not saying everyone should drop out tomorrow and start investing in real estate( not a bad plan though) because I know there are still jobs that won’t look at you unless you have a signed piece of paper saying you can sit through 4 year of antiqued material and professors lectures in order to do the job they want. What I am suggesting is that we stop forcing our youth into professions and schooling that they don’t believe in. Food for thought.



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