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.
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.
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 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.
Heard about the author from Tim Ferriss's blog. Best use of my audible credit in a long time
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.
I really enjoy this book and definitely recommend it to young entrepreneurs. Especially under 25yrs old. It's a little long, The author could definitely trim it down a little , but definitely worth to absorb.
Michael, you are a saint. The only problem with this book is that I've probably pissed off all my friends because I keep talking about how amazing it is.
While the narrator seems robotic and monotone in his delivery, his stories and example ignite paradigm shifting thoughts and specific ideas on how to become successful in life. I'm particularly interested in the marketing references made and the simple mindset shift of how an entrepreneur should view reality.
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