This needs to be said…
In this video today, I share my thoughts on Matt Damon, Why I Hate College, and the Secret to Success.
And it was inspired by an episode of Kitchen Nightmares.
On the show, an award winning pizza place made a fatal mistake… and they were left on the brink of bankruptcy.
The harsh truth is, this mistake is a mistake that any one of us can make. Especially if we’re already comfortable with our level of success in life.
So go watch the video.
Why I Hate College (And The Secret To Success)
One of my favorite quotes is from Good Will Hunting, when Matt Damon says:
“You dropped a hundred-and-fifty grand on an education you coulda’ got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.”
Because he’s right.
Now, I’m not saying that college is worthless because that little piece of paper serves its purpose in many scenarios.
But here’s what I truly believe: Whether you went to college or not…
What you learn in college is not nearly as important as what you learn after you graduate.
And that’s the truth.
No matter WHAT you specialize in.
I’m Derek Halpern, the founder of Social Triggers. And in this video, I’ll show you why some people get left behind in business and life…
…while others go on to become the world’s best, super rich, and live the world’s greatest life of luxury.
Okay, that was a little over the top. But watch the video anyway.
My man Jim Rohn says it best:
“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.”
Now, I know I’m preaching to the choir right now. You’re watching this video because you believe in learning new things after you graduate from college.
But this video isn’t just about you. This video is for everyone. This video is for the people in your life who you think are not reaching their full potential.
I know I’ve got people in my life like that. I know you do, too.
This video is for the people who started their career and promptly stopped learning.
And whether you think it’s true or not, it’s more common than you think.
This video is for the people who should learn and don’t.
Let me share a quick story…
The other day, I was watching “Kitchen Nightmares.”
And it featured this one restaurant that was in business for more than 25 years. A pizza place.
Back when it opened, it was rated one of the BEST pizza places in the city.
Unfortunately, that was about 20 years ago. Nowadays, it fell off. And it fell off hard.
Gordon Ramsay ran a blind taste test. He had three pies of pizza: one from a competing pizza place, one previously frozen piece of pizza, and one from the pizza place that was once rated the best pizza in the city.
The pizza that was previously rated the best was rated as the worst pizza.
SO, it might have been good 20 years ago, but the creator of that pizza was stuck in a time that was 20 years ago. He was resting on his laurels despite the market (and people) changing.
He refused to learn how to adapt with the NEW way of doing things. And that’s why his pizza place was struggling.
Now, what’s this have to do with why I hate college?
I have no qualms with college and the things people learn in college.
Sure, it’s expensive. And you’re forced to learn things that you have no interest in learning about.
And while that sucks, the reason why I hate college is this:
People think they need to go to school to learn how to do something new.
And worse, if they’re not in school, they don’t learn anything new.
Think about it.
I’ve got friends who haven’t read a book, attended a seminar, or done ANYTHING that helps them learn a new skill…
…unless they were in school or their employer forced them to take a class.
When times are good, that’s okay. You’re not going to reach your full potential, but at least you’re not going to go hungry.
But what happens when times are bad?
What happens when companies around the world lay you off in an economic crisis? Like in 2008?
That’s when you’re in trouble.
When you do the same thing for years, and you can no longer do that thing, you’re going to be falling out of an airplane without a parachute.
So, I don’t hate college because of what college stands for. I hate college because of the mass indoctrination of the idea that you need to go to college to learn something new.
So, what’s the solution? How can we prevent this?
Well, the answer is much simpler than you might think.
And since you’re watching this video, you’re probably already doing it.
There’s a new trend that has developed with the advent of mass content creation, social media, and the like.
It’s called the Rise of the “Personal Learning Network.”
Or a PLN.
This sounds more complicated than it is. In layman’s terms:
A PLN is the people you choose to connect with for the sole purpose of learning something new.
Kind of like why you’re subscribed to Social Triggers. Or other informal teachers.
You’re putting together a network of people that you wish to learn from so you can get ahead in business and life.
Here’s the thing:
This behavior is common for me and you. It’s also common for business owners, entrepreneurs, and other people who are looking to make a huge impact in the world.
The problem is, the idea of putting together these Personal Learning Networks hasn’t reached the masses… yet.
That’s why you and I both know people who haven’t learned anything since they left college.
That’s why that poor pizza place was on the brink of bankruptcy.
That’s why people struggled to find jobs after they got laid off.
So, how can we solve this problem as a community?
We’ve got to show people that it’s okay to learn things after you graduate from college.
And more important, we’ve got to show people it’s okay to learn things that don’t necessarily directly relate to what they’re currently doing.
We need to BRAG about the things we learned after college… and how it impacted our life.
We’ve got to show people that informal learning is driving innovation and success.
And the best way I know how to do this is by bragging. The more we show people that it’s possible, the more they’ll be interested in doing it for themselves.
We’ve got to show people – and BRAG – about the things we learned after college and how it impacted our life.
I know it sounds silly. And simple.
But I have a sneaking suspicion we as a community can really get this idea to catch on.
So, here’s what I want you to do today:
Leave a comment below this video. In that comment, I want you to say this:
Who is one informal teacher in your personal learning network? What have they taught you that directly benefited you?
Then, think of 3 people who you can share this video with. And prompt them to brag by leaving a comment as well.
Why am I asking you to do this?
A few reasons:
I know you believe in self education. You’re here watching this video.
So, I want us all to show off the benefits of self education by bragging about the results of it.
Then, I want you to share it because I suspect the more people we get talking about informal teachers, we’ll have an exhaustive list of GREAT informal teachers people should follow.
Heck, I’m hoping you introduce me to a new informal teacher that may benefit me and my life. Just like I’m sure you’re hoping to find one as well.
And that’s it for today.
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