With Xandru starting his senior year in high school, we have been spending a ton of time talking about thinking about and visiting colleges.
Xandru took his ACT sometime last year. His score was in the top 1% of test-takers… So he gets a mountain of mail from colleges daily. (I wish we would have saved it from the beginning, to demonstrate the actual volume of mail received)
As we investigate the schools and read/listen to the pitch, it amazes me the amount of time they spend on trying to convince you that just by showing up to OUR school, you will automatically become successful. Insinuating that any degree with their name is all you need!
Some of the pitches remind me of the late-night real estate guru’s pitching their programs…
Just like the late-night pitches, very rarely do they talk about what actually is needed to be successful in college and in life.
In high schools around the country, it seems that kids are being told… “If you plan on being successful in life you MUST graduate college”
The high schools promote “98% of our graduates are college-bound”
About 40% of people that start college end up with a degree.
At the end of the day, 60% of people that start college are left beaten, defeated… because they ended their chance at success because society has told them that “If you plan on being successful in life you MUST graduate college”
What if college does not make a person successful, but instead that a successful person can excel in college… or more importantly anything they wish to tackle: college, trade, career, entrepreneurship.
In a recent study, it was reported the number of college graduates that stay in their field of study longer than 5 years is below 40%. And as many as 44% of graduates end up in successful careers that do not require a degree at all.
So again I pose the question, which comes first college or success?
The mail Xandru gets from colleges is a direct result of success he has already proven with grades and achievements.
I know there is a 75%+ chance that Xandru will be in college next year, and I know that he will have success wherever he ends up with no real correlation to the college he attends.
So let’s start pushing success instead of college
Success matters… Degree’s Don’t