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40 Alternatives to College Paperback – September 16, 2012
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I went through a lot. Many struggles, hiding pain in various ways, always seeking to be loved, were just some of my ways. I had to work very hard, which was a good thing, to pay for things while saving for tuition and putting myself through school.
My self-esteem has always suffered and in the back of my mind when I begin to undertake something I hear the voices of what a failure I am. But, I went to Real Estate school and passed that test the first time,and soon moved to another state as I got married. I've taken two courses at the local college and made A's in both. One professor was the best I've ever had and his class inspired me to get my Paralegal Certification, and then the economy fell!! So, the female attorneys began doing paralegal work to keep themselves in the loop, and take care of their families. I became certified on the National level for Yoga instruction, and Cardiac Yoga instruction, and Meditation Teacher training. These changed my life and saved my life.
Recently, a comment was made to not get anymore certifications or degrees because I don't use them. I used my B.S. degree for years, and my yoga just ballooned to my teaching 21 classes weekly for years. I love to learn,and we should never quit learning. There are so many interesting things out there to be learned, and at some point they will probably all come in useful. Your life may look like a mess or soup bowl, but there is a plan.
I so wish I had had this book forty years ago. My life would have moved differently. At age 18, had I become a bank teller, I would not have stayed one. At that time banks gave stocks to employees and the dollar was worth much more. I would have a super nice nest egg as of now. I know now that I am very intelligent. And had I worked at Disney, I would not be Cinderella now,as there is no way that I would have settled for mediocrity, and I would have surely outgrown the look. I would have moved into management.
This book gives so many options that are great options. You need to listen to your heart and no one else.
The list presented, instead, is basically a description of all the mundane choices we all already know about, with a few really unrealistic choices tossed in. Things you either have to have another method of income generation to do, or a nature inherently more trusting than mine. It's NOT a primer on how to start a "great" career without the standard 4-years in college.
It is a good place to start if you are just starting out and have absolutely no idea what you want to do with your life, I suppose. From my perspective (a few decades past that point and searching for ways to help my son) it really wasn't what I was looking for.
From his alternatives I have to mention a few that I really like, and those are:
Start a business
Travel the world
Go to Uncollege.org
Before I’ve read this book I was looking for alternatives in my life, to gain more knowledge and eventually succeed in life. Create better life for myself and family, and one day have a wife and kids. I’ve been working on improving myself for several years.
Internet has become a great place where we can learn and educate ourselves so much, and we don’t have to get into debt to gain that education and knowledge. This is one the good side of the internet. There are many bad things that is occupying internet space, I’ve managed to find things that would benefit me in future. And so many of others will do the same.
You can read full review of this book on my Blog: imeducatingmyself.com/40-alternatives-to-college-james-altucher-book-review/
We homeschool our children because schools are the worst places for children for real learning. Can you tell that I am influenced by John Holt and John Taylor Gatto?
Altucher's ideas are a great starting point for brainstorming what to do after "graduating" from high school. We need more people who have come alive with the passions in their heart. It would be a happier world, indeed.
Don't worry about money so much -- read The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen and Mark Boyle's The Moneyless Manifesto (read free online at: [...].
Good heavens, life is more than how much money you can make!