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5 Reasons Why You May Not Need A College / University Degree



All too many of us attribute our failures to a lack of that college or university degree. We let the lack of a bachelor or master’s degree stand in the way of pursuing our dream. If I had a dollar for everyone who has told me that they plan to write their book or start ... Continue Reading

All too many of us attribute our failures to a lack of that college or university degree. We let the lack of a bachelor or master’s degree stand in the way of pursuing our dream. If I had a dollar for everyone who has told me that they plan to write their book or start their new business once they complete their undergraduate degree, I’d be a millionaire several times over. I did spend over half my life in school but while I was doing so I was in a career, academic medicine, in which a doctoral degree either in medicine, science or public health is essential. The field is open only to those with the doctoral ticket but that is untrue for many careers; in fact the education could serve as a liability.

Although I don’t regret the years I spent in school and the investment in education paid off, the reality is that none of the course content either in my masters or my doctoral degree programs was directly relevant to the responsibilities of a hospital administrator. In fact, I have been told my many friends in specialized fields like engineering that the same is true for them. The chasm, my friends claim, between theory and practice is vast.

So what are my five reasons that you don’t need to complete that undergraduate degree to write that book or start that business?

Reasons You May Not Need A University Degree

1. With the emergence of the internet about twenty years ago, the playing fields in many businesses are levelling out and becoming open to those without formal credentials.

Who would have predicted the speed with which people of all ages took to ordering their own airline tickets, doing their own banking and purchasing their new homes completely independent of the middle men who were formerly essential? Many of those jobs have been lost but being replaced by intriguing on-line entrepreneurs.

2. The process of obtaining a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree is, generally speaking, very dampening to the creative spirit of the student.

There are exceptions to my statement, of course. But most doctors, medical or not will freely disclose the politics necessary for approval of their dissertation or their residencies. Granted, the career successes of Steve Jobs and of Bill Gates may feel like Horatio Alger stories, there is real truth to what these men did and why they walked out of their undergraduate college/university classrooms, returning only to teach.

3. Advanced education tends to reward persistence, good memories and the ability to follow the instructions of the teacher rather than the development of new ideas.

Certainly persistence is essential for the completion of any task whether it be a new business, book or simply washing your car.The need to follow others, their ideas, their praise and their criticism will almost always lead to failure in the wish to write that book.

4. Due to the leveling out in businesses once owned by the former mega-corporations, large publishing houses and advertising houses, there are real possibilities for wildly successful careers for those entering their fields via nontraditional methods.

Adele, the young unknown British pop singer wrote her own lyrics to Set Fire To The Rain, produced a video on YouTube and voila! William Young self published The Shack, written as a story for his kids, never dreaming that the book would be grab the hearts of so many. These are only a few of the stories of ‘ordinary people’ in pursuit of a dream.

5. In the end, creativity cannot be taught; risk cannot be studied and there are no cliff notes for passion.

Credit – LinWilder.com

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