The Most Successful People Explain Why a College Degree is USELESS
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The Most Successful People Explain Why a College Degree is USELESS


Well, often times Business Education today, and I see it all the time Kids come out of college, the best colleges Wharton and Harvard and Stanford and some of the great business schools and they’ll come out and they won’t have practical experience. There’s too many case studies that aren’t practical. You know, we ask kids that are 16 to 18 years old to make $100,000 debt decisions when they go off to University, and they are not prepared for that. They don’t know what they’re getting themselves into, they just assume ‘Okay, I’m gonna pay four years of education at twenty-five thousand a pop and when I come out the other side somehow I’ll be able to pay it back’. Reporter: Right. That’s not how life works anymore. There’s no need even to have a college degree. At all. We’re in high school- I mean, if somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things, but it’s not necessarily the case you know, if you look at say, people like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs these guys didn’t graduate from college but if you had a chance to hire them, of course that would be… a good idea. [laughs] I think having the flexibility to explore a lot of different things which you can do when you’re in college which is one of the amazing things about being in college is you can work on all these hobbies and encode a lot of stuff and try a lot of different things. It’s this amazing flexibility that I think most people take for granted and once you decide ‘Okay, I’m gonna start a company and I’m gonna do it with someone else’, you immediately now need to convince someone else if you want to change your mind on something, and I think people really undervalue the option value and flexibility. I think explore what you want to do before committing is really like, the key thing and keep yourself flexible. Interviewer: [chuckles] No, I think that that’s… Interviewer: Yeah, I agree. I mean, it’s actually kind of funny like- you know, if you think like ‘what is education’, like you’re basically downloading data and algorithms into your brain and it’s actually amazingly bad in conventional education ’cause like it shouldn’t be like this huge tour If someone is standing up there kind of lecturing at people and They’ve done the same lecture Twenty Years in a Row and They’re not Very Excited about It and In fact i think a Lot of Thing People Learn It probably There’s no point in learning them Because It that They never use them in the future because the like Kids Just in school Kinda Puzzled as to why they’re there i think The People Who are doing the work that we care about are Figuring Out What to do next not following the person who told them what to do next and the problem with most Colleges Is They are high school But with more binge Drinking The entire purpose of a Good University Is to give you a Foundation to fail Not a foundation to get an a and if You graduate from college with straight A’s you have to do some serious soul-Searching? As to why you chose to spend your time doing that a student’s Work for the b students The C students Run The Businesses and that These students dedicate The Buildings it’s like The Newspaper Industry Write more printing presses more Big Buildings write Makes this look Grander We Have Brains That we’re putting them Out there there’s There’s a Point of diminishing returns in Terms of What it’s worth for a college Education and How much Debt you’re Willing to sell Yourself with a Lot of People file a Lot of People are following if Not we’d have problems we Have too many Entrepreneurs we have too Many Successful people look how many People Go through Business Classes iF Everything You Needed Was in that Actual Business class in that book it’d be too Many Successful Business People Right How many People graduate Matter of Fact the professor Wouldn’t have The time to sit there and teach you He knows this book Damn near Broke a them page by page he knows all right cuz he be entrepreneur he too busy i’m Too i’m doing Way Too Much Right Now cuz i got the palm trees and We do It we Sell It so much Right Stuff that I’m doing that i ain’t quite got time to teach and so when You walk into a Boardroom With a Bunch of Guys in suits who all went to college you’re fine Yeah i Mean Because They Read a bunch of Words I’ve Lived a Bunch of life That Self-Esteem From Seriously I Mean Most My mom first and Foremost Just live in Life like you know being in real situations and Happen to be a person of High integrity and Honesty you Know you never embarrassed Yourself of Course not You never walked in and Said how Everybody Thinks I’m ignorant Here i’m stupid i Never i don’t i don’t Feel ignorant right you know i don’t ryan felt like i came up in this Situation or time you know where i wasn’t afforded Certain opportunities and if afforded Opportunities I could Be Oprah could be Bill Gates i could Be Warren Buffett in My Experience in Business There is Very little difference if Any Between a Very High-Priced Business Education and What’s available a Lot for a Lot less Money i went to the university of nebraska-Lincoln My last Year in college i went to Wharton for a Couple Years Before That I learned Just as Much At University of Braska As I did at Wharton you Need to be prodded in the right Direction but an Awful lot of It Is Self As Self taught It Isn’t Necessary to pay Thirty or Thirty-five Thousand Dollars a Year to go to some big-name School to get the Education at all i mean if you’re gonna Learn accounting if you’re going Is the probably the most important of Course You’d take in Business iF you’re gonna Learn to count you learn in accounting Absolutely as Well and My view going to you and Always going to harvard i mean i see i Would i bet on that and so i Wouldn’t run Up Huge Bills and Education Is Very Good at Training People to do the same Things that we’ve done over and Over again? And i think there’s Always a question What the nature of The Educational Good is You Know you can Say It’s a it’s an investment Good we’re investing in the future you can Say It’S a Consumption Good like college Is a Four-Year Party you Know i think most of the parents and students think of It Actually as an insurance Policy Where you’re Buying This Really Ever more Expensive insurance So that The students don’t fall through The really Big cracks in our society and We Should Be Asking some big questions why the insurance Costs are Going Up and Up like That and if you were the president of Harvard or stanford if You wanted to get a Lynch Mob of students alumni Faculty to come after you and try to lynch you What you Should Say Is something Like This you know we we live in this much larger more Global World We Offer a Great Education to everybody and so we’re gonna double or triple our Enrollment over the next 15 to 20 Years and People Would They’d All Be Furious because the value of The degrees comes from This Massive Exclusion and and What you’re Really running is something Like a studio 54 Nightclub i hate It i Hated School i Really Hated School i Really all i hated School Generally Right Because It Was this Instruction Following Thing Now i bet you it’s probably also Because i wasn’t good at It and some People Like I’ve Got a Great Conceptual rep Memory and a Terrible rote Memory so if i have a Story i could tell you Year By Year Kind of What Happened Within a Story Within a Context but if i was to go into You Know like a Memory Based Learning it’s terrible i have a Terrible Road Memory? Ego Barrier Is the worst Thing and if we Were raised differently Just imagine in the schools that all Along The People will always Say Everybody Makes Mistakes Everybody has Weaknesses the Key is really to Understand What Your Mistakes and Weaknesses are so that You can Learn from them right i think in Punishment is it’S a terrible Concept punishment means that You made a mistake and you’re being Punished i think Instead of punishment Every time somebody Makes a Mistake you Should Say The Only Thing that you need to do To get out of your punishment his first think What Kind of mistake Was that so if i’m in this Situation That’s like That Again How would i do deal with It differently not to make that Mistake so that Learning Should Come from The mistake not punishment because you’re teaching People not to make Mistakes Where’s Where the learning comes from Not the appreciation the if you keep Doing this over and Over again you’re gonna Keep encountering The Same outcomes you Know it’s an Extremely Corrupt System We Have at This point There’s we have an Education bubble in the u.s We have a Trillion Dollars of student debt To first approximation this has gone to pay for a trillion Dollars Worth of lies about the value of The education People Have Received And and i it’s not at all obvious Yet Though What’s going to What’s going to replace This or how it’s going to change My Um you know the the you know the and I’m somewhat Skeptical That It Will Be replaced By Any Sort Of single Unitary System and i have This fellowship for Young People to start Companies and You know it’s not my claim is not That Everybody Should Do This i don’t think everyone Should become an Entrepreneur and i think i think there is no one-size-Fits-All so i think the future will be much more heterogeneous Much more diverse in terms of What People do And What’s What’s Really Anomalous is the sort of Unitary tracking Where you have to go to an elite college You go to yale or you go to jail There’s nothing Else You can Do you know and so the The i think the universities are Perhaps in Perhaps in the same Place as the catholic Church Was in 1514 if we Go back 500 Years Where you have sort of This is monolithic Way newton’s universal Way of Body of Knowledge of teaching Things the difference Between the yale and the Harvard political science Faculties are probably No greater Than the differences between the dominicans and the franciscans we have all Kinds of small Debates Within This context? We are we Have a System of Indulgences That’s costing more and more to support this priestly or professorial Class of People We are told That it’s the only Way to Salvation You Must get a diploma to be Saved if you do not get a diploma then You Will go to hell And i think and i think the i think the the message that i have That’s like? The 16th Century Reformers That’s a Somewhat Troubling Message Is that you have to work out? Your Salvation on Your own you have to save Yourself and and And That’s That’s i think i believe that is the truth but it’s a it’S a somewhat uncomfortable one

100 Comments

  • Motivation Madness

    PLEASE READ –> Hi everyone, this is a completely different video than normal. Videos will resume back to normal on Monday with an EPIC video by Simon Sinek. I want to explain that College is a perfect solution to many, however to others it may not be a good fit. For myself, it was perfect, for one of my good friends, it wasn't a good fit. If you are currently in college, do not rely on that the piece of paper that you receive at the end to get you far, it is your own commitment and perseverance that will get you far. College is one of the best places on earth to develop networking connections with fellow students and professors, as well as create experiences that are extremely valuable. I want to emphasise that you don't need to go to the best and most expensive school to get the best education or be successful. My advice is to BECOME INVOLVED, make friends with as many people as possible, help others, and be true to yourself. I REPEAT, this is not a video saying that College is useless, but rather we put too much emphasis on a piece of paper, thinking that a degree is going to catapult us to great success. Make the most out of your time, go out there and make connections with other people, and take risks!

  • rob inn

    What they don't tell u is that to be successful u need to have rich parents to support u with capital, u can't afford to fail if u have limited funds like most people. The degree route is a safer and more practical way for most of us unless u r born a genius or get really lucky in a niche market.

  • Josh Rodriguez

    To be fair people get degrees in ridiculous fields like fashion design, liberal arts, philosophy etc . If you get a bachelors degree in a good field like engineering or computer science accounting, etc. As long as it has a good job growth and a decent salary to pay off the debt it’ll be worth it in the long run but learning a trade and becoming a electrician or a plumber is worth it too. It’s just if your willing to put in the work.

  • Adelin Meme

    this applies to geniuses and entrepreneurs not to all people. a doctor would need to study properly the human body, lol also just people generally that need to learn stuff should go to schools. this thing with people hating on college degree trend has to stop. i get that the society and parents push on this thing so much like if you dont have a degree you won’t have as much money and jobb opportunities and sometimes is not fair because maybe you don’t need it but you can be succesful either way. i am konda sick of rich ”self made” peope who come up now and say how easy it was for them to become what they are and didnt even need a degree. good for you but maybe is not like that for everyone.

  • I am success

    I'd rather be rich with a college degree than being rich without it. Dude it is so interesting to see two people with a PHD talking and the successful guy with no college degree is lost. Education is elegant. If you go to school to be successfully rich? That's another thing. I love going to school because I am curious.

  • Rodante Allanigue

    for me, most important in my life is Time and i do not want to waste it. School is useless for me now because you do lot's of projects, studies that i was not aiming for, quizzes and in my school, there are lots of bullies which i wasted my time in their activities. i only succeed what was i am aiming for, not school and help humanity like them on this video. my friend have concerns that if you finnish college, you do not know where to start, what to do, and what experiences you need to gain. 14 btw and im going to encyclopedia for quick learning but youtube is quicker. but encyclopedia is most of my time studying because it has recommendations

  • Helena S

    A college degree might not be very useful in practice, but in some countries is the only way to even get an opportunity for a job interview.. I find that strategy very flawed but in less developed countries it is necessary for no reason…

  • Pinhead Larry

    I'm going to a trade a trade school to become an electrical technician I struggled in math in hs for the lack of not paying attention which I now regret and that's what we do a lot of in the books..but most of it we will not use our instructor is a masters electrican and had his own buisness and has 30 years of experience and teaches us everything out of the books but hits hard on the stuff that we will actually use our in the field and he feels putting so much time in the books is useless some time is good but more hands on training is better and every chance we get we do hands on and since he is a masters electrican we already get hours of experience so after this 7 month program we will all have around 1000 hours of experience before actually even getting the job and should know how to do plenty more than some noobs who didnt tho to a trade schook to become an electrician like we already did conduit bending the basics and we are going to have a whole section over learning conduit bending and doing even more hands on with it. I have a great instructor so far and he actually cares that we learn stuff that we will actually use. If you learn how to bend conduit well you can start off at around 26 dollars an hour since it is becoming a lost skill in the trade! But u wont to become some what decent in every basic thing an electrical apprentice should know as we already have our license and I am only two weeks in the school! It is very fast paced but if you apply your self and have a great instructor as I do you will actually learn the stuff you need to know you dont need to go to school as our instructor didnt but it will give you a bit of a head start and for people like me I knew nothing about electrical so that is why I am going rn. 🙂

  • inspiration7

    "COLLEGE DEGREE IS USELESS."
    But WOULD YOU HIRE ME WITHOUT ONE ? HUH? YEA WHAT HAPPENED TO WHAT YOU JUST SAID ? Yea i thought so. You're not speaking entirely the truth and hiding it by saying "ITS MOTIVATIONAL", its actually GARBAGE INFO FOR REAL LIFE.
    The fact is College degree is useless, ONLY IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO ACHIEVE SOMETHING HIGHER THAN THAT AND ARE ABSOLUTELY PASSIONATE AND DEDICATED ABOUT THAT
    There, I just completed that sentence for you guys.

    Dont get me wrong, I dont support the current teaching methods and examinations either.Self learning in a stress free environment at your own speed is obviously better. That being said, calculate the time & effort you're ready to devote and ofcourse, the money you're capable of spending for any X activities which are needed to achiveve your goal AND ONLY THEN SHOULD YOU MAKE THAT/A CHOICE.

    I'm NOT hating on this video, peace out.

  • Your Mom

    You don’t necessarily need to go to college to be successful in life. Some people end up spending all of it on student loans. He who understands, earns it… he who doesn’t understand, pays it. Change my mind

  • SN Cuts

    But would you hire me without a degree. I have a string of experience, contactable references with no degree and have worked my ass off to get to where I am knowing I couldn't afford college education, but I know definitely you will hire the one who has a degree. SIMPLE.

  • chriss4365

    My mother trying to get my sister to go to college. She wants to do business i told her its not worth it for business because billionaires dropped out of college or never went so something is wrong with college especially the business degrees.

  • Phraker

    imagine wanting to do engineering but having no degree. yea i know nothing about mathematics/physics/natural science but hire me as an engineer plz

  • sohail fatadin

    These people get mostly rich through personality difference opportunities and chance ..ya of course it doesnt matter at least for them cuz most people with no degree make less money and can only rely on luck and opportunities to get good money

  • jaik195701

    40 years ago an engineering degree from a top school meant that you were qualified in the understanding of physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics, electronics, to build complex systems, in, say, semiconductor devices. With all the emphasis on IT and coding, yes, there has been less need for the understanding of underlying physical science,, because there is no underlying physical science to code, per se (except for specialized applications of course). (Yes, there is the notion of abstract "Computer Science" and "Software Engineering" but these are conflated with coding). There are fewer disciplines that require the rigorous training of the university context. There is NO WAY you can learn silicon device physics properly outside of a rigorous university context even today. NO WAY you can be a theoretical physicist or astronomer. NO WAY you can be a molecular biologist. Or a classicist. (good luck find a program in classics). Yes you can learn Javascript and SCRUM and blockchain and math and economics (sort of) but no one is going to let you perform a pulmonectomy if you do not have 1. a bachelor degree, 2, a medical degree, 3, have performed a residency and internship, 4 passed your boards, 5. been licensed by the state, and 6) been accepted into a practice. And 7 found an insurance company who will pay you. And that will cost you 12 years and $350K, not counting 12 years of forgone income in some other discipline.

  • Nick Shepley

    I feel like this is more true for the USA 🇺🇸 but Universities everywhere because they are significantly more expensive than college and it’s too much information in 1 field of expertise which would explain why people with degrees can’t branch out in said field.

  • Bibiana Carmen

    Look college degree is worth it for almost many because my fathers youngest brother positioned in United Arab Emirates and goes to world 🌎 tour for doing his job as an engineer. And degree is needed to live a life to the fullest.
    Actually, I am not normal person since, I am in my teenage and no morals like Justin Bieber not grown up though I am grown up.
    I am a final year college dropout 👩🏻‍🎓 and I have keen interest in cleaning 🧹 whatever is inside of human body and very much interested in learning about functions and organs of human body. But, same time I have a phobia of diseases. I always think 🤔 based on logic. I come in this dropout category like bill gates, Mark and Steve Jobs.
    I had a wish some are doing discoveries and why not I so, fount the prevention of all diseases eating 🍽 only the food which comes straight from the farm 🍏 🍎 🍐 🍊 🍋 🍌 🍉 🍇 🍓 🥒 🥦 🥬 🌶 🌽 🥕and not eating 🍽 anything of man made idea about food 🥘 which will shorten life span and paying medical 🏥 bills unnecessarily and not being done for a single penny just, my keen interest.
    I get panic attacks when I hear 👂 about c diseases and pray to god in the middle of the night that no one should get cancer ♋️ disease finally, cherries 🍒 and pine Apple much more can cure this’s.

  • Alexis Nassar

    Everyone wants to be rich the formula is easy but to apply the formula
    only the rich know it and they apply it everyday. I know this formula
    and I will reveal it to the whole world very soon.

  • George R

    I agree put in a putting your children in college changed your environment if you got a large university it seems that they will believe in Socialism Communism they have to could be closed

  • George R

    The c students are the ones who own the businesses that the A student work for them this is a very good reason why we have to close the colleges plus they cost too much and large universities teach our children to be socialist communist

  • Jslayallday92 S

    Not worthless when it comes to seek a good job and the defense industry. However I get the point you can learn pretty much anything outside of school with the Internet these days

  • Wendy's • 31 years ago • Edited

    In our country, college isn't a necessity. Only people who got low marks or didn't graduate high school require college. 90% of the students go straight to uni. College is seen as a place where all the bad students have fun here.

  • Boris Life

    My teacher of english always say you learn by the mistakes to the A student but I've always got punishment. Bcs why not

  • Brayan Monjaraz

    The reason they require you have a degree is because it shows you follow rules and do what you are told. If they hire someone without it they are at risk! Still having a degree or certificate of better than nothing.

  • Azathoth Hastur

    elon musk is a ususry goon and tax parasite who got 10billion from governmetn and company only worht barely that he should be burned for treason

  • Azathoth Hastur

    405 stupid music seller pushed up by music industry goosn and media goons who push american africans sodl nothign but garbage and beyonce is a 4/10

  • Azathoth Hastur

    505 warren buffeet another insider trade scammer ususry is why we ar ein 100 year decline!! yaron brook says need deregulate

  • Azathoth Hastur

    905 pay off the student debt by taking the money from university endowments and fire all the non professors administrators hejk end all tax money to education destory univesities and public school and private regulated schools

  • Rottevich

    really enjoyed watching this video: college degree and no job, becoming an entrepeneur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P5FCaU2VXU

  • random person

    My hopes of going back to school are nearly gone for good. Watching this video makes me wonder if it’s even worth it now.

  • ーススペードのエ

    You should only go to college if you get into one like Oxford or Cambridge, tbh.

    But only go to college if you're planning on being reliant on a job through your life, don't go to college if you want to be a entrepreneur; college will just pull you down and delay your wait to success.

  • James Steamer

    College is way overrated, overpriced and often not worth it.  Consider the absurd cost of attending, the lost opportunity cost of investing in IRAs, 401ks, much delay in marriage, buying houses and cars, not even having children and 4 years of lost wages.  College also delays young people from maturing, wasting away in the college life of drinking, sex and drugs.  Colleges need to simply charge less for their educations, stop ripping off students for many courses in liberal arts that lead to nothing more than wasted time and money.  Why not have high schoolers go to college for only two years and just get the skills they need for work and do it online from home? And if you don't know what your interests are or what to major in, go to work for a while and discover what you enjoy and/or are naturally good at rather than wasting tons of money and time in college! Most colleges and universities are degree factories making fortunes, largely being fed by the loan business and engaging in primarily liberal indoctrination. I have a degree from the early 1980s yet hardly ever found work paying more than $3-10 an hour yet by age 40 was debt free, happily married, raised a child through college, bought houses and cars in cash and now travel the world and am free to what I want because I KNOW HOW TO MANAGE MONEY – Author of Peace, Strength and Common Sense.

  • The ArteSana

    Watching this after discovering I’m failing leadership & management in Nursing theories…a Masters in Nursing will not raise my salary..I just thought I should engage in motivating the future nurses..I guess NOT!!

  • jennifer williams

    Hmm…some people I have seen you tube think their whole life is about a degree…then you see people who have degrees but can't get a job….unfortunately the facebook creator left out tips or strategoes on how to get a job without having to expose your whole life to strangers and without networking and rely on skill……Depopulate

  • Julian Dl

    "Political Science teachers jobs exist only because political science majors need a job." Political Science Professor September 04, 2019

  • BIG BEAR and small girl

    A college degree is worthless they say yet everyone needs it to get better pay and promotion opportunities. Zuckerberg just got lucky and made a billion-dollar empire.

  • Fast Networks

    You need degree to be a doctor, highly ranked police officer, military officer, college professor, school teacher, news anchor, lawyer etc. Thing is degrees do matter for 90% of the people. What doesn't matter is at what age you get degree. Just get the degree whenever you can.

  • Zahra Aziz

    People who are genius or borderline genius prob don’t need college. That being said, the rest of us do. In order to learn how to think critically and analytically, you need to be educated, not just in terms of a trade, but in a broader sense. An educated person is more likely to sniff out misinformation and bullshit as well. I’m wary of these elite Harvard and Stanford dropouts asking average people to follow in their footsteps. Convenient to build their companies on the backs of sheeple, instead of educated individuals with the capacity to think and articulate themselves.

  • TheWinterShadow

    The most successful people say that degrees are useless? Really? So, how many successful people hire other people without degrees to run their business? I bet not many. How many of these successful people will choose a person practicing medicine without a degree or a lawyer without one? Probably zero.

  • Tony Ho

    Only technical degrees like nursing, lawyers, doctors, engineering , etc…..are meaningful or if u want to be a teacher.. but degrees in general Ed, business, etc.. are meaningless

  • Tony Ho

    My friend has a master's degree in business from Cal State Fullerton CA..pointless… U can go into real estate in be highly successful without no college degree…

  • Dat Tran

    Right, no need for a college degree. Yet their companies only hire people with Master/ PhD degree or BS with many years of experience.

  • Masht Ali

    I hate when they ask a rich guy to give people advice. they have fucked thousands of people's heads to get rich, and now they want to tell you how to live well. STUPID DELUSIONALS

  • Kaney

    Almost all people here are bunch loser and need an excuse for being dumb. Laughable. I bet if you fucker create a company i doubt you would hire a nega with no degree. Just look at them they put all degree on their job site.

  • Mckenzie Moreno

    So how does one know what to major in? I just graduated highschool and dropped out of my fall semester as I knew it wasnt for me.. I dont really know what I like and I dont want to waste my money as Im looking at winter semester programs

  • Winter Nunya

    I have a 6th grade education and I make more than anyone in my family (and I’m younger) including the members with masters degrees. This couldn’t be more true. All it took for me was a good idea and the ambition to chase the dream. It’s very much true that IF THERE’S A WILL, THERES A WAY!

  • László Gulyás

    What they are telling is IF you are a genius with dozens of good ideas before your twenties then don’t waste your time and money at university. Else you better go for that paper or your best hope is serving those ppl at a drive thru.

  • Sabaku no Gaara

    It sucks that you have to learn stuff that is 80% useless (most of the time) in order to get a degree and then get hired

  • William Baker

    I see college students and graduates on tv, …they are saying things like this…."well uh, you know we's gots da do better at de running backs en du line isa , you know, not too good rite now, know whut I mean"…..besides , you know, we lost de bestes player on, you know, the linebacker…know whut I mean."

  • Jorge O.

    If you have plenty of starting capital, and you know what to do, then yes you don't need a degree. However, if you are broke, you need a degree to get a job that at least leaves enough after basic expenses to grow some capital.

  • Dannie Vlogs

    Sadly, a college degree is a necessity to compete in today’s economy. Because of the advancements in economic technology you can’t drop out and become Bill Gates in 2019 anymore.

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