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Do You Have to Go to College to Be Successful?

November 9, 2011

A number of articles converged on me this week.  Two subjects – success and is college worth it?

One article outlined Nine Things Successful People Do Differently.  A great, well-researched article.  She states: “decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. ”

The second few articles, on the heels of a number of books about millionaire college drop outs, theorized that perhaps the collegiate system is broken in developing entrepreneurs.  One article titled: American Economy to be Saved by College Dropouts? quoted Sir Ken Robinson who stated: “creativity has been killed in the American school system. The ability to handle failure, too.  Many of the entrepreneurs mentioned here speak passionately about their business failures leading to success. Our education system asks students to play it safe and give up at the first sign of failure (assuming that any failure will look bad on college applications and resumes).”

Perhaps, we shouldn’t blame our educational system, but instead look to our children’s role models and mentors, particularly parents.  Are we encouraging successful traits and entrepreneurial tendencies in our next generation? In our employees and peers?

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