I graduated from high school over 40 years ago in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
I remember seeing my old school recently and it looks like a prison from the outside to this day.
I was forced to go to classes I didn’t want to be in, like History, Geography, Algebra, and English grammar (whatever that was about) and I was forced to read books I had zero interest in.
I remember in high school that shop class was ok. Typing class was good because Ms. Gardner was hot.
But overall, public school was NOT a great learning experience for me.
Here’s a look inside my 1976 Yearbook:
While I wasn’t the Homecoming King, I was runner-up in my senior class for Mr. Vogue. Unfortunately, 1st place went to another guy named Buc:
I lost the Mr. Vogue title to Buc Gregory.
If you’re NOT FIRST, YOU’RE LAST.
But you know what?
The good thing about high school is that it doesn’t determine how your life needs to turn out.
While I may have been fashionable to get 2nd place as Mr. Vogue in high school, I had no clue how to make any money.
That’s because nobody in high school teaches you how to increase your income.
I didn’t get wealthy from what I learned in school, but what I chose to learn after school.
Never stop learning and educating yourself. I read every day, study, skill up and work to stay ahead of the market.
After high school, I didn’t go to Princeton, Brown, Yale, Stanford, MIT, or Cambridge. I actually went to McNeese State University, a small school surrounded by oak trees in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
I just needed a GPA of 2.35 for admission—which is equivalent to around a C.
Just don’t completely fail and drop out of high school and you can get into McNeese State.
University for me—and many others—is basically a path to the middle class, not to become a millionaire or billionaire.
If the goal of higher education is to be financially secure, then it is failing miserably.
When you approach schooling, you must think about skills, not just information or knowledge.
The only things you can use every day to bring more value to the marketplace are your skills.
We need more skilled people, not more educated people.
We need motivated workers—and motivation comes from having skills.
Great entrepreneurs, salespeople, and successful people that get results aren’t born great. They are educated, motivated and trained to be where they are at.
There are millionaires being made each day, but you aren’t going to learn the information you need to become one from any school system—not even Harvard.
How do I know this?
Because Harvard doesn’t even have classes on increasing your income.
The ROI on good, real-world business training is much higher than any MBA program in the country.
With growing tuition debt and the lack of any real-world benefit from spending 4 years at college, more and more people are turning to online education.
It’s easier to be one-click away from information and people don’t want to be fed a business or marketing curriculum that was put together in 1997.
There are millionaires being made each day in this country, and you don’t need to go to college to become one of them.
If you want a superior education at an affordable price that prepares you for the real world, get on Cardone University. The ROI will be much higher and you don’t need to go into debt.
Really, you don’t have to go into any debt at all—you can pay $99 a month and cancel whenever you want.
No matter how old you are, if you’re ready to continue your education, sign up today.
Do you need higher ed? No—not in the traditional sense of going to a University for a degree.
But you do need to sharpen your skills and continuously learn in life.
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Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, CNBC, and Entrepreneur. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.