Some of the smartest, most successful people in the country didn’t finish college. None of them learned their most critical skills at an institution of higher education. And like them, most of what you’ll need to learn to be successful you’ll have to learn on your own, outside of school.
Michael Ellsberg set out to fill in the missing pieces by interviewing a wide range of millionaires and billionaires who don’t have college degrees, including fashion magnate Russell Simmons and Facebook founding president Sean Parker.
This book is your guide to developing practical success skills in the real world: how to find great mentors, build a world-class network, make your work meaningful (and your meaning work), build the brand of you, and more. Learning these skills is a necessary addition to any education, whether you’re a high school dropout or graduate of Harvard Law School.
“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
“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