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One big reason college grads earn so much more is that people without degrees are relegated to the lowest paid positions. That is because most people (especially college grads), are actually brainwashed throughout the public education process to believe those with degrees are smarter than those without. Most smart people will make the decision to go to college, but some don't. Its unfortunate that those who don't are held back in the corporate world unless they pay tens of thousands of dollars and sacrifice years of time to jump through hoops. In the end, you obtain a paper that says you went through this mostly pointless process.
There are surely many better examples of entrepreneurs who are not well educated. But to suggest you should try to become an entrepreneur without trying to get the best education possible is beyond ridiculous except in cases where you realize there's an opportunity where you must strike while the iron is hot.
Discriminating against someone because they don't hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree is just wrong! Many businesses have adopted the mantra that if you don't have a BS, and it doesn't matter if it's in underwater BB stacking, you aren't promotable.
And, I have observed and had it happen to myself, the mature, skilled craftsman be passed over promotion but expected to be the one who's 'stuck' training some know-it-all freshly graduated from college person how to do the job so that college kid can become their boss.
I have always been an advocate of Trade Schools and Vocational Technical Schools. Those schools take real skill and intelligence to accomplish some of the incredibly hard courses and ecucation that is needed to do every day things we take granted like carpentry, mechanics, truck driving, plumbing. I've read article after article lately how America and other countries are 'losing skilled trades people.' Why? Because if you don't hold a BS in 'something' you're treated like less of a person. It's become this push from Kindergarten up through high school that if you don't go to college 'you 'ain't nothin'.
I have an IQ of 157, (been tested several times). There isn't anything I can't do if I put my mind to it. Just tell me about it or hand me a manual and I'll figure it out; mechanics, electrical, plumbing, woodworking, you name it. I have my teaching certificates for adult education in a vocational technical institutues. I went back to college in my late 50's (again). I am two classes short of my Associates degree in science, which I'll finish soon, holding a 4.0 GPA. Yet I've had people, young people especially, who will look me in the eye and tell me I'm not as good as or smart as they are even if they barely passed their college classes.
So, what's the take home message here? It's time to quit putting people down who don't hold a college degrees and praise folks for learning the trades instead treating them as equals. Equally intelligent, equally capable, and as equal peers. Just because you haven't attended college and gone into higher learning means you aren't smart or capable or caring or able to do a particular job.
Oh, and did I mention that I'm a woman?
Read about William (Bill) Lear. He was an incredible man. He was kicked out of both high school and college because he was smarter than most. Yet he built a financial empire with incredible inventions such as the Lear Jet and 8-track tapes.
What I do (and make a very good living), you CAN'T learn in school.
A degree tells someone "I know it". Talent shows someone "I can do it".
And in my world, actions speak louder than words (or print).
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