You can pay for school, but you can’t buy class. Is that how the saying goes?
I’m glad that I went to school and I wouldn’t change this for the world. I hustled every single day to ensure that I graduated debt-free and I plan on staying that way. With that being said, there are lessons that life itself is better at teaching us.
What are three things that you just can never learn in any school? What should you strive to learn on your own before trying to go back to school?
Real problem solving skills.
Problems don’t seem to matter all that much in a simulated situation. There’s no urgency in a classroom setting. No matter how stressed you feel before writing a final exam, it really isn’t that big of a deal. Writing exams is easy compared to the grind of waking up for work, worrying about your job security, or trying to stay on top of your bills.
This is like training for battle and actually going for battle. You can never be fully prepared. And I’m not saying this to scare you. I just wanted students or those debating going back to school to remember that your problem solving skills will be mastered in the real world, and not the classroom.
Get yourself in some trouble. Break the rules. Solve a few problems. See what happens.
Fail. Fail often. Fail fast. Get it over with. Learn to love failure. The cost of failure isn’t your pride. Failure isn’t shameful. The real embarrassment comes from never trying anything new or bold.
When’s the last time that you failed? When’s the last time that you threw yourself on the line and were humbled as a result of how poorly you performed?
In school the only time you learn about failure is when you get wasted the night before and bomb an exam. That’s not really failure. That’s just irresponsibility or immaturity at best.
Failure is when you try something new and it doesn’t work out.
I don’t want to get too deep into motivational speaker territory I just want to suggest that you seek out failure. Approach the hottest girl at the bar or in the mall. Try selling an eBook. Apply for jobs that you don’t have the qualifications for. Try something bold enough where failure is almost a given. Then see what happens. Nothing! You move on. Life goes on.
Making actual money.
I’m sick and tired of people who are theoretically good at making money. That doesn’t mean anything! Show me your freaking bank account. How much money have you actually made? What have you actually done? Don’t let school confuse you into thinking that you’re decent at actually making money.
School’s great at showing you how to potentially make money. It’s awesome that you memorized the pros and cons of a joint venture well enough to get an A in business concepts. What does that really mean though? Have you ever earned a dollar on your own?
I took a whole class based on creating a business plan.
Guess what happened? Nothing. We crammed at the last minute as a group to submit an assignment that was worth a decent mark. We never made any money off our business plan. We just submitted the plan that fit the criteria and would get us a decent grade.
In one minute I made more money off this site. Why? Because we didn’t make any money with this plan. We had to create a plan that would lead to high marks, not a real business that generated money. I believe that was the biggest flaw in the course. I feel that the marks should have been based on how much interest or revenue your business actually generated. Not on how well your theory was.
I’m sure that many delusional students left the class thinking that they were entrepreneurs because they created a business plan that the professor (or likely one of his TAs) liked enough to write an A on.
My one guide on how to start an online business will help you more than any college course. I can promise you this. There’s a money back guarantee (okay it’s FREE!). You don’t know anything about making money until you actually make money. Until then, don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re in a business. Oh and I don’t care about your business cards either.
I’m sure that there are many real life lessons that you guys picked up on your own without the help of school. What are they?