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I went to McNeese State University. I promise you I’m not where I am
today financially because of the formal education I received. Going to
college is a path to the middle class -- not to becoming a millionaire
or even a billionaire.
Highest level of education completed by the 400 richest Americans (as listed by Forbes) 2012.
graph shows a break down of the highest level of education achieved by
Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans as listed in 2012. 27 of those who make
the list of America's billionaires held a high school degree as their
highest level of education and had never been to college.
the most famous college dropouts turned billionaire entrepreneurs on
the list are of course Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Sean Parker.
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While it’s true that many of the super rich did go to college, was their education the reason they got so rich?
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wish I would have gone to Harvard -- for the connections, not for the
education. I also wish I would have paid more attention when I was going
to college. Unfortunately for me -- and so many others -- I had no
direction on why I was there and had no purpose for what I was learning,
so I left my university with a piece of paper, debt and no idea about
my future and very few skills.
Successful people don’t value
effort or time spent on an activity; they value the results. If college
gave you great results, then that’s great. I know many people leave
school wondering why they went into massive debt while they are still
unable to land a decent job.
If the goal of college is to be financially secure, then it is failing miserably.
problem is not in education, but the approach. When you approach an
education you must think about skills, not just information or
knowledge. Only 27 percent of college graduates are even working in the
field they studied. One of the reasons you should study is to gain
skills. The only things you can use every day to bring more value to the
marketplace are your skills.
There are 28 million small
businesses in America where almost two-thirds of them break even or lose
money. Most businesses are not making it because of a lack of skills
--not a lack of educated workers. We live in an age when knowledge and
information is available everywhere, so what's missing? Skills!
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need more skilled people, not more educated people. We need motivated
workers -- and motivation comes from having skills. Great entrepreneurs,
salespeople, and successful people that get results aren’t born great.
They are educated, motivated and trained to be where they are at.
Skills that result in you having an increased value in the marketplace is the reason I created Cardone University,
where you get access to the best information available for growing your
business, handling customers, marketing to grow your brand, and how to
follow-up your customers to you dominate your market.
All of this
is delivered to you on demand for less than the cost of books at any
university. I also know that between college and Cardone University, one
has a much higher ROI.