The Myth: If you get into a good college, study hard, and graduate with excellent grades, you will be pretty much set for a successful career.
The Reality: The biggest thing you won't learn in college is how to succeed professionally. Some of the smartest, most successful people in the country didn't finish college. None of them learned their most critical skills in an institution of higher education. And like them, most of what you'll need to learn to be successful you'll have to learn on your own, outside of school.
Michael Ellsberg set out to fill in the gaps by interviewing a wide range of millionaires and billionaires who don't have college degrees, including fashion magnate Russell Simmons, Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and founding president Sean Parker, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, and Pink Floyd songwriter and lead guitarist David Gilmour. Among the fascinating things he learned:
This book is your guide to developing practical success skills in the real world. Even if you've already gone through college, the most important skills weren't on the curriculum - how to find great mentors, build a world-class network, learn real-world marketing and sales, make your work meaningful (and your meaning work), build the brand of you, master the art of bootstrapping, and more.
Learning the skills in this book well is a necessary addition to any education, whether you're a high school dropout or a graduate of Harvard Law School.
©2011 Michael Ellsberg (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp
"Michael Ellsberg's audio book is provocative and wise. Tuition is skyrocketing, job prospects are grim, and the race for bogus credentials has turned into a runaway status competition for positional goods. The Education of Millionaires offers a renegade path for anyone who wants vital skills without the crushing burden of student debt." (Peter Thiel, co-founder, PayPal, first outside investor, Facebook, creator of the Thiel Fellowship)
"Your success in a knowledge society depends on mastery of soft skills and practical intelligence-and yet they don't show up in college or high school curriculums. Ellsberg's rebellious audio book provides a street-smart education to fill the gap." (Keith Ferrazzi, author of the #1 New York Times best seller Who's Got Your Back)
Maybe the book, not the audio book.
I couldn't get past the introduction.... The narrator drags out the last letter of the last word in each sentence. He sounds like a "Vally Girl" when he talks... It's super annoying.
Heard about the author from Tim Ferriss's blog. Best use of my audible credit in a long time
I stumbled upon this book by accident and I am glad that I did!Lots of useful info and insight into how successful people became successful. Lots of useful info and stories about how others put themselves into a position to win.Also questions the idea of going to college. Even if you did go to college you can learn something from listening to this analysis and hearing some very unique stories.
Sales,Copywriting,Marketing, and positioning advice on how to get ahead. Stories of successful people I had not heard of before that can be contacted. Lots of great tips and biographies for those interested in getting to the next level.
No, I have not.
2 Parts to this download. Listen at 1.5x speed. Get it, its worth it. After you listen to it, pay your Kid 20.00 to listen to this then turn in a book review.
No, narration was awful
Never again. He was painful to listen too. Shame on the author for hiring this guy.
It was like listening to nails on a chalkboard with Eric's narration. I know that is harsh, but it honestly was that bad.
Really great book, it is unfortunate with the narrator made it unpalatable.
Mr. Ellsberg is not a millionaire himself and the poor advice contained in this book shows it. If you are interested in making the entrepreneurial journey learn from those who have done it-- How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis or The Millionaire Real Estate Investor.
Yes. This book is full of very useful information. If you liked the 4 hour workweek, then this is definitely a good read.
The narrator's use of inflection at the end of each sentence made me want to stop listening. In fact, I will not pick another audible book with this narrator due to this.
I'd recommend this book to demonstrate how little we learn in college and how much we're dependent on ourselves to innovate and think.
It was a dull read but could have been a performance.
I felt captivated by the book. I've based a presentation to college students on what I learned.
First of all, I love Erik Synnestvedt as a narrator! He gives so much life and understanding to the text.
Now this is a great book of this genre. All the success skills chapters made a lot of sense to me and helped me give a boost in life and business! Ignorance is sin. Self education is freedom.
I don't know what could have been done differently, but I do know that this book was not for me. For whatever reason, it just was not an enjoyable listen. Wasn't a big fan of the narrator or the way the content was presented, which is unfortunate, because the subject matter is great.
I did not care for the narrator. It got in the way of the information in the book.
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