This is a special series we’re doing before the end of the year,
where we’ll be answering some of the most common questions
you guys have asked us over the past twelve months.
We wanted to do something like a Q&A for a while now.
As always, the answers might not be exactly what you want to hear,
but we’ll be honest and somewhat to the point.
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With that out of the way, here’s today’s question.
Should you go to college or start a business?
Short and really biased answer:
start a business but only if going to college doesn’t feel right.
Let us explain.
First of all,
we recommend everyone to at least finish high school,
because having a basic education is crucial
to being able to understand the basics of how this world works.
And although you’ll never actually use the weird info you get in school,
it will help you puzzle together pieces of what the world is like,
how it was built, and how it functions.
Now moving on to college.
This is a tough one.
Because as with many of these questions,
it depends on each individual person.
Let’s try to break this down.
If you have the opportunity to go to school and it’s not going to put you in debt,
then go for it and do your thing on the side as well.
This is fairly common in Europe and in other countries
that value education more than profit.
The state-backed institutions,
offer a decent and comparable level of higher education as those are private.
Plus, college is usually the best place to network,
and build lifelong connections,
so if you can get a decent education,
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build a network, make friends and not go into debt, then go for it.
You’ll figure out how to start a company on the side but go to university.
If the business picks up enough traction while you’re there, you could always drop out.
Then there are countries like the United States
where you really have to think about it and if the financial risk is worth the reward.
We are not sure that today the reward is always there.
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Of course, the world needs doctors and lawyers and so on, at least for the time being.
So if that’s your dream job, go for it.
If you want to become an engineer, a surgeon,
basically anything that requires a specialized degree,
you should obviously go for it.
But then there are the rest
where you kind of want to be sure that at the end of your studies
you’ll find some job security and pursue your passions.
That’s when we think University is a waste of time and money.
No offense, but your liberal arts degree is worthless
when it comes to the value you can offer in the marketplace.
If you’re looking to study anything business-related,
像是管理学 企业管理 市场营销等等
like management, Business Administration, marketing etc.,
you’re much better off creating your own business or joining a start-up.
With half the money you’d put into University,
you could build a small business and learn firsthand,
the struggles and what it takes to make it in the business world of today.
At the end of three or four years,
who do you think has a better shot at securing a job at the next Uber or Coinbase?
Someone who spent the last four years actively trying different strategies
or someone who wrote an essay based on things they found on Wikipedia?
And that’s your back-up plan,
because three or four years are enough for a business to grow,
evolve and adapt in order to survive and sustain its creator.
That’s why paying for a business degree today is less likely to secure that future you dream about.
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