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.
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.
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.
This is a very engaging book, and it got me to think more critically about entrepreneurialism than I previously had. Prior to this book I felt somewhat disenchanted by the hype machine that is the entrepreneurial wave we're seeing. This book was surprisingly interesting and engaging, given my preconceived notions about the subject. Narrator was not great though, but once I came to terms with that it wasn't too distracting.
As a 19 year old who has started and failed his own retail business, I can say this one of the best books on self education I have ever read.
If you aren't sure if college is for you, or if you feel like you want to be educated more on the subject this book is great. The author does not suggest you quit school, but shows how it has effected other entrepreneurs. Great read 10/10 very grateful to Michael Ellsberg.
Sailing, creating, teaching, reading and observing.
The snobby, condescending, holier than thou tone of voice from the narrator is hard to get past. Aside from this the book is pretty good.
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