Seven Reasons Not To Go To College (And A Solution)

I desperately needed to skip a year of college.I paid for my college. I borrowed too much money. But to graduate in three years I needed a 3.0 average. I had a 2.99.


I went to a professor in a class (Fortran programming) where I had gotten a D-. I begged him to change it to a D+. I BEGGED. I think I cried.

He gave me the D+. I graduated. Saved about $50,000 in loans.


I can’t remember anything I learned in college.

I majored in computer science. When I actually got a job doing real programming I was so bad I had to go to remedial classes to catch up to the worst employees at my job (at HBO).

What about the “liberal arts”?

I got obsessed with writing and reading only after I graduated college.

In my 20s I probably read a book a day and that’s when I started writing 3,000 words a day. A habit I continue even now. I’ve written 21 books and thousands of articles.

Most of them not so good but some of them good. “Great” is the enemy of “better.”

You can only learn “liberal arts” when you have passion for it. Not when you are forced. And not when you are lectured.

“Degrees” and “education” are different.

Life is the curriculum.

Not a list of courses being offered by aging tenured professors with increasing salaries coming from your increased tuitions paid for by increasing student loan debt.

Get a skill. Screw a degree.



My daughters tell me you need a degree to get a job. Not true. You need skills. You get skills ONLY by working in the real world. Internships, beginning jobs, etc.

One time I interviewed a kid who went through the entire MIT online curriculum (which has homework, tests, etc.) in one year.

Instead of the four years required to get a degree. He had the passion, so now he has the skills.

Companies like Google (GOOG, GOOGL) have already announced they are looking at skills instead of degrees. Many more companies have announced this.

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