How college makes you worse off (other than financially)
Note: Stay until the end! I have a really exciting surprise for you at the bottom of this post.
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The financial part of college is one of its biggest disadvantages for sure, but what about the mental side of things? I’d argue that the bad habits and mindsets you build in college are more detrimental to your health than the financial loss is.
It can be like a bad drug.
1. It gives us a distorted view of how the world works.
Many college students I’ve seen have a lot to say about how the world should be without ever having really been in it.
There’s always something to blame; the most common things being “capitalism”, “the patriarchy”, and even “the economy”. These things are supposed to be the reason that it’s so hard to find a job.
I can bet you that 100% of these people, have never understood the theory that you have to give value before you take it. You can’t just expect a company to “buy" you after graduation when you have the same degree as everyone else.
It’s not all their fault for not understanding this — it’s the college’s fault as well.
2. College takes your money, your values, your dignity — in order to teach you a lesson.
College isn’t there to reward you for being a creative thinker. It’s there to reward you for enduring a 4-year path designed by administrators who have often been outside of the professional world for years.
Rather explicitly, colleges are saying to students, “you shouldn’t be able to get a job until you take 6 general education classes”. That’s what will make a good worker.
Companies don’t give a crap about that. And neither do most students. It’s a waste of time for everyone except for the rich kids who have the leisure time, and the beneficiaries of tuition dollars.
3. Creates unwarranted entitlement.
I don’t think Millenials are entitled just because they're "Millenials".
That entitlement is coming from somewhere though, and I think college fuels it. I felt it creep up on me when I was in college. I told myself that it was beneath me to work a retail job. That I was somehow too educated for work of that calibre.
This mindset blocks you from attaining true happiness.
Maybe you would really like doing a junior sales role at an exciting startup. But if you think you’re too good for that kind of role, then you eliminate yourself from an exciting opportunity just because you think the world owes you more than your actually worth.
You think the degree means you’re more talented than other people and that is a grave mistake.
4. Conversely, college also teaches you to devalue yourself and your potential.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from college students, “Oh I can’t do that, I’m only a student” or “I’m not ready for that” when I talk about all of the entrepreneurial things they could be doing.
College builds up a sense of entitlement as well as it crushes confidence.
It’s a weird conundrum.
In conversation, you identify yourself by your school, because it’s often way more impressive to say that name than talk about any of the accomplishments you’ve ever had. At least that’s the way you feel.
It almost serves as a really convenient excuse as well for why you aren’t doing something.
For example, "I’m not doing X because I’m in college and that’s not expected of me.” I can “get away with” not doing Y because I’m just a freshman.
That’s why college will always be the #1 BEST place to make excuses.
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I promised you something exciting, so here it is:
Remember that book I told you I’d write and release in August?
Well I never released it… until NOW. I’m going to release it next week to start April off strong.
It’s called "Success without a Degree: 10 Lessons “ and it really was carefully made for the high school or college student who knows that college is flawed and may not be the best path to get what they want.
Here's the cover of the book, designed by my good designer/photographer friend Antonio Malignagod (link to his Instagram here).
I’m so excited to share this with you, and I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about it.