Episode #64 Learners Before Earners


Title:    Learners Before Earners – Episode #64

Date:   June 25, 2015

On the importance of taking education seriously…

If you don’t have a college education as a minimum, you’re going to be in serious trouble.

Today’s environment is not employee friendly and companies discard employees like they are commodities.  The whole concept of working for a company for a lifetime and getting a pension is gone.

There are a few government jobs that you still can do without a college education that may have job security but you have to remember that there are 100 people for every single one of those jobs that come open.

If you don’t go to college and get that level of a job after graduating and you don’t get that elusive government job, what’s left?  Unskilled Labor Jobs.  Let’s take a look at that reality.

At an unskilled labor job, you may get $10 an hour, which is good since that’s above minimum wage. That’s $1600 a month but $1200 a month take-home after taxes.

Your rent will be anywhere from $500 to $1000 depending on where you live.   You can’t depend on roommates or significant others forever.

Your car and car insurance, along with gas, will each be around $300 to $500 a month.

You need about $100 a week in food, so that’s $400 a month.

And, you still need personal essentials, such as toilet paper, shampoo, etc.

As you can see, the math here does NOT work. If you do not get an advanced education, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Making The Most of Your Educational Opportunities

First of all, you need to start in junior/early high school.   A lot of doors open up for you with 3.5 GPA or better and a good SAT/ACT score.

Why wait until junior and senior grade to take your SAT’s/ACT’s?

You can start taking them in 7th grade.  Stop when you get a perfect score.

Duke University has the TIPs program, and several other colleges have programs where junior and high school students can participate in college-level classes, take their SAT’s, etc.

Do not depend on your parents or an athletic scholarship.

Many parents today are unable or unwilling to pay for college.

Athletic scholarships are few and far between and usually when you get them for the school you’re really dying to go to, that’s the most prestigious to play for, it’s still not nearly enough to really cover your expenses.

Do not depend on state scholarships.

Georgia is getting rid of the Hope scholarship for state students.

Many other states are eliminating and greatly reducing theirs as well because they simply see them as too expensive.

And, even if you did get a state scholarship, you have to be prepared to excel in college.  You must maintain a certain GPA.

You need to graduate at the top of your class in high school with the most college-level activity that you possibly can so that you can get academic scholarships and then you need to continue to kick butt in college to keep your scholarships and to compete in the real world.

It doesn’t matter these days what college you go to unless you’re going into a very specific program only a few colleges have.

Although large colleges can be a lot of fun, there’s a tendency as a student just to fade into the masses and not get personalized attention. You’re simply a tuition check.  You might want to explore smaller colleges for this reason.

A Brutal Truth

A successful high school and college career are necessary to compete in the job market, but they are not going to be enough to stay IN the job.

When you get a job, there’s going to be at least two people trying to get that job already.

You’re going to have to learn and study that job all the time.

If you are not out there aggressively pursuing your dreams, you’re going to have a bleak existence.

Closing Thoughts

You should be the dumbest, lowest paid and least talented person in your group of friends.

Why? Because you need to be learning from your friends and acquaintances.  You need to associate with the level of people that are where you want to be.

In other words, you’re never going to be on the varsity team if you only work out with the JV guys.

You’re not going to grow if the people around you are at your level or below.

You ARE your environment and a product of your sphere of influence.



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