I made $5000 while my Game Theory 101 professor was talking about some theory of how Imaginary Person 1 should act if Imaginary Person 2 did that other thing. That was the moment I realized college was a scam.
I had felt it before in the soul-sucking presentations of corporate recruiters trying to bring us students into their system and the desperation of students scrambling to take down inappropriate pictures from their Facebook pages. I was promised that college was the place where I would ‘learn how to learn’. The thing is, I was surrounded by kids who’s parents were paying for classes that were being skipped due to late drinking nights. College was a lot of fun but there wasn’t nearly enough learning going on. In a lot of cases parents or kids are going into debt to get a piece of paper that isn’t worth much at all.
Most people realize college wasn’t worth it after they graduate. “I never used my degree for anything but you should get one anyway,” is echoed by every parent in the world. We are so convinced we need a degree to be worth anything in this world. The thing is, though, that we just don’t.
This can cripple you for life
You probably want to know where that $5000 came from. I had been day trading for a while and was having a particularly great day – more specifically, a great hour. I had taught myself to understand the futures (commodities) markets by reading books, websites, mentors, and practice.
That was my ‘aha!’ moment. It was physical proof of what I’d known all along: I didn’t need anything other than myself to make the life I wanted.
Will (the other half of StartupBros) saw the same thing. He did even less college than me. He is in the top ten internet marketers out there and it’s because he spent his time on the internet learning. Not even just about making money but fulfilling curiosities. There are classes online for coding, entrepreneurship, graphic design, programming artificial intelligence, and pretty much anything else you want to learn. The other day he mentioned that he made $1200 in a week on a “quick arbitrage opportunity”. That’s not the kind of stuff learned in the Ivory Tower.
It just doesn’t make sense anymore to waste time and money on an overpriced four-year vacation. I’ve been yelling passionately about this for years now and the main stream news has finally started mentioning it as well. It’s a hard thing to challenge because the importance of a college degree is ingrained so deeply in each and every one of us.
The mission of StartupBros is to show you how Will and I are making money online. We are going to show you every step we take to create and launch products. In a month’s time you will have witnessed a complete product launch. The true purpose of this is deeper than money though – it’s the freedom of living the life you want. It makes me sick to my stomach every time I see another friend struggling to pay down debts. One girl I know is more than $60,000.00 in debt and can’t get a job more than 8 months after graduation. That’s not even a severe case. It’s disgusting. There is a sick amount of money being spent every year to herd kids like cattle into college classrooms promising them bright futures and beautiful campuses. Well, at least one of these is not a lie. College campuses are the closest you will ever come to living in a country club.
You don’t need their paper to tell you you’re worth anything. You don’t need their brick walls and bored professors to teach you anything. The only thing you need is to believe that you can make it without them. It’s time to rise up and say, “Fuck you!” to anybody who says you’re not worth anything without their approval.
Don’t let them define your worth!
But how? This world is changing so fast and it’s huge and our whole lives we’ve been raised to depend on the system. Every grade in school was prepping us for the next. College was supposed to prep us for the ‘real world’ but it’s not. Half of all college graduates can’t even get jobs. They have failed us and it’s the biggest opportunity we’ve ever had.
(Read: What I wish I knew when I was 20)
Now we have the chance to live a true life. We are not cogs meant to be fit into a cubicle and repeat the same monotonous task over and over again. We are creative human beings with the potential to live our lives in any way we choose.
You must be self-made. There are no rewards left over for those who follow directions and wait for approval. There is nothing to be gained from begging a corporation to install you at a cubicle. “Job security” is now something that you can only give yourself.
To win in an environment like this is tough. But it’s only tough because the way our minds have been programmed. All we need to do is reprogram them. When I woke up from the daze of the educational system I was thrown into a tailspin. I had to train my mind to work in a truly creative way. I had to train myself to become an entrepreneur.
We are now in an age where this isn’t an option – it’s a necessity.
I’ve yelled to enough friends about this and helped enough people decide to quite their jobs and live the life they want to live that I had to put it into a course. More people need to understand how wide the possibilities of their life actually is.
After years of research and informal coaching I’m finally putting it all into a format that anyone can follow. The course starts with a program that will give you the personal power you need to be able to live the life you should be. It is full of all the exercises I did to create emotional stability, confidence in my ideas, discipline to execute them, and energy to persevere. I show ways to get any job you want without a degree. I even give instructions to start about ten different types of businesses online. It’s been a massive undertaking and the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. I’ve been sharing segments with close friends and they have been thanking me for changing their lives. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner! One of my friends asked, “How did you make such a useful product?” Thanks, I guess?
Some of the specifics I go into:
- How to make money without a degree.
- How to get your dream job without a degree.
- How to create a ridiculous social life outside of college.
- Why you should skip college.
- How you can program your mind to have killer ideas.
- Why ‘the real world’ is more fun than college.
- How you can begin your own consulting company is less than a week.
- How you can publish your own book in less than a month and instantly become an expert.
- How to see through society’s lies.
- How to teach yourself almost anything.
- Why you are the smartest person in the Universe.
It was tough, and for a minute I thought I bit off more than I could chew, but I’m putting the final touches on it and I can’t wait to show you.
Dude, we’re entering a new era and it’s time to capitalize! No more playing small. Will and I are fucking stoked to do this thing with you. I don’t give a shit if you’re not interested in buying SelfMadeU. That’s not the point. You’re here to learn, so am I. Will and I are going to fail for you so hard that you won’t be able to help but learn something. Then we will succeed so hard you won’t be able to hold yourself back any longer – you’ll have to make something awesome!
You are your future. We are here to help in any way possible.
Until next time:
Do something fucking great!