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The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won't Learn in College About How to Be Successful Paperback – September 25, 2012
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"Success in the twenty-first century depends on street smarts, not book smarts. It has to do with your motivation, network, passion, and ability to make other believe in you. You'll learn stuff in college, but you won't develop these skills-which are requisite for success in life. Whether you go to college or not, The Education of Millionaires will help you learn what it takes to succeed in today's entrepreneurial economy." — Dale J. Stephens, founder of Uncollege.org
"Michael Ellsberg's book is provocative and wise. Tuition is skyrocketing, job prospects are grim, and the race for bogus credentials has turned into a runaway status competition for positional goods. The Education of Millionaires offers a renegade path for anyone who wants vital skills without the crushing burden of student debt." — Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and first outside investor in Facebook
"Your success in a knowledge society depends on mastery of soft skills and practical intelligence-and yet they don't show up in college or high school curriculums. Ellsberg's rebellious book provides a street-smart education to fill the gap." — Keith Ferrazzi, author of the #1 bestseller Who's Got Your Back
"As Michael so aptly explains in this delightful read: your education starts in the crib and ends when you take your final breath. In a fully realized life, it is all about lifelong learning." — Lynda Resnick, vice chairman, Roll International, Teleflora, and PomWonderful
"Self-education is the key to upgrading your mind and your life. Michael's book teaches you how to unlock the education available outside of classes, all around you." — Matt Mullenweg, creator, WordPress.org
"This book is a masterpiece. Gripping and whip-smart, The Education of Millionaires will forever revolutionize your thoughts on the connection between education, career success and prosperity. Ellsberg is careful to avoid 'motivational fluff' and instead provides mind-blowingly sharp (and humorous) brass-tacks advice on how to profit handsomely by becoming a lifelong learner." — Jenny Blake, author of Life After College
"If entrepreneurs were running schools, instead of bureaucrats, schools would be teaching a lot more of the skills and mindsets found in this book. Since they're not, this book is a necessary antidote to a traditional college education." — Scott Banister, founder of IronPort Systems, Banister Capital
"This is the must read of the next era of education. This one book could be all the education you ever need to massively outperform even the Ivy League. The secrets contained are brilliant and simple to adopt." — Cameron Herold, author of Double Double, former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
"Just like the entrepreneurs he highlights in his book, Ellsberg challenges the conventional wisdom of what it takes to make it in this world. If you have an idea and the drive, nothing can stop you. And Ellsberg proves it." — Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why
"You don't need a degree to live life on your own terms: you need economically valuable skills. Ellsberg's book is the blueprint for entrepreneurial education." — Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
"Provocative and timely, Ellsberg lays bare what he sees as a giant hole in much of traditional education-a focus on 'academic' knowledge and a de-emphasis on the knowledge and skills necessary to actually succeed in life. Drawing from a wealth of interviews with successful entrepreneurs, he hones in on seven key success skills that help put you back in the driver's seat." — Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty
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If you're planning to go to college, you ought to read this first and be able to explain why college is still right for you. (If you really want to become, say, a medical doctor or physics professor, many years of college *are* necessary.)
Later portions of the book, for my taste, were overly-focused on selling information products via the internet. But, the author's personal expertise is in the areas of writing and the internet, so that's his focus.
In sum-- This book is not a complete education in itself, but it's great for brainstorming alternative ways to get the knowledge, skills, and experience you need, whatever your field.
Success is a skill in and of itself. You can have the skill of success without being very skilled at your trade. If you listen to the radio or watch lots of movies you already know this. The skill of success is broken down into three categories and it makes perfect sense.
You've heard the cliche, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." That's true, but how do you find good mentors to help you and successful people to add to your network. The answer is counter-intuitive, but brilliant.
There's more to it, but those are the things that really stuck in my mind. Overall, I love this book and I believe it's worth it's weight in gold. Get it.
I learned long ago that success was much more about tenacity and spirit than text books. If you find yourself wondering how you can make your own empire, this book offers fantastic insights and examples. It also shows a road map that is ethically sound and helps you discover your own strengths.
Beyond that though I found the book lacking meat, and it reminds me of the Tim Ferris style of writing, where the ideas are good, but lacking further depth.
Almost as if the book was written for the sake of having written a book.
I gave this book 3 stars for the ideas, and encouragement.
We are entering the age of the micro-entrepreneur. So skip the college, skip its high costs, and learn entrepreneurship instead!
I totally agree that colleges not preparing students for the real world they will be entering. But this book not only defines the problem, it also suggests alternatives in a very readable and enjoyable form. Give this book to everyone you know who is convinced that college is their next logical step. You might just save them 4 years and a ton of money. Great book! I highly recommend it.
A very, very valuable resource and a book I know I'll continue to refer back to again and again for actions and inspiration. The book came recommended to me and without hesitation, I bought it. Sheds new light on the mind of the entrepreneur. Absolutely essential reading and information with many actionable take-aways.
A book with new concepts taken from people that have achieved incredible success in unconventional ways.
Even if you're not an entrepreneur or want to be one, you'll gain valuable insight and learn skills that are essential for success in any area of life. Excelling in sales, marketing, and relationship building are absolutely critical no matter what you do.
I enjoyed the success stories, tips, and resources mentioned throughout the book and there were things that you can take away immediately to use.
I thought the author really covered the fundamentals of success. His 7 success skills are very powerful and if you focus on these skills, it's a guarantee for great outcomes.
What else can I say? Read this book for fresh perspectives and specific tactics for success in business and in life. A really great book I highly recommend!
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