Losing Faith In College

I’m losing faith in college.

Not the one I’m attending specifically; I mean the entire system itself. College has become something different since our parents attended, and so I’m expecting students who’ve joined a college in the last 5 – 10 years to be especially receptive to this post.

Throughout our entire academic career, colleges have launched MASSIVE advertising campaigns targeting High Schools around the country. If you’ve payed attention to these campaigns you’ll notice a pattern. These schools seldom advertise success and achievement. Instead, they sell you school like an insurance agent sells insurance.

Fear is the #1 persuader in our decision-making.

Colleges make money off fear. Fear that you won’t get a job, fear that no one will love you, fear that you’ll never do anything of importance aside from laying down $40,000/year.

Let’s not forget that most colleges are for profit. Which would be fine, except with large financial packages given out by our Government, schools have little incentive not to overcharge students.

In addition to overcharging students, they sell textbooks at criminally high costs. Why would anyone buy a $300 textbook when they can find the same information on Google for free?

They force you to take unnecessary courses on things you’ll NEVER use. And often these serve as pre-requisites for the classes you actually want to take.

This is literally what scammers do on the internet.

That would be like me charging you on online coarse about internet marketing, but the first 2 years are me teaching you about Algebra. Sorry, but WTF?

And here’s the kicker; you can’t default on any debt. That’s right! You can’t even claim bankruptcy on it – meaning that until you pay it off completely, the debt will stay shackled to you like a ball and chain.

Please forgive me for sounding rude, but there’s something especially evil about that.

We have over 1 Trillion (with a T) worth of college debt currently hammering down students. Most of whom have almost no real world skill besides graduating.

And you know what? I’m not claiming that college is unimportant completely. We’ll always need doctors, lawyers, medical professionals, scientists, and teachers. And these are great professions to be apart of.

I’m simply suggesting that if the end goal is to work for yourself, surely there must be a better way to gain insight on the information you want. I say this as someone currently attending school myself.

I’m still on the same boat as everyone else. But I’m losing faith and I’m losing it fast.

There has to be a better way.

 

 

 

 

The Problem With Loser Quotes

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In only two weeks college starts. I thought it’s important to pickup dorm decorations and posters. And so I went shopping.

A dorm-room poster, first of all, was an absolute must. Not something too specific or meaningful – just something exciting enough not to make eyes sore.

I’m not a picky guy.

But why does every poster in the store look like it was handed out with a participation trophy? They had big posters with powerful bold fonts. Like a STOP sign but with a quote instead of a command.

Except every “motivational quote” seemed hand picked for losers. Some examples include: “Whatever Hurts You Makes You Stronger”, “Don’t Give Up! You’re Almost There…”, and my personal favorite, “It Doesn’t Matter If You Fail As Long As You Try”.

You might be wondering why I’m making fun of innocent posters. I’m making fun of them because they’re wrong.

It actually matters a lot if you fail and still try. It means something went wrong and you can augment that problem until you do better. This idea that “as long as you try, you’ll win” is total bullshit.

I don’t want to hang something that makes me second-guess myself when viewed. That totally defeats the point of a motivational poster.

Don’t get me wrong – a quote is a quote and whatever encourages motivation is good.

But personally – I prefer some clear cut quotes with lions, tigers, and other crazy dope animals surrounding it. In fact, while I’m writing this there’s a poster directly in front of me.

It say’s “FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD.” It has a lion on it.

Now THAT is badass.

 

 

Are You a Narcissist?

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Put down that mirror, you self-obsessed asshole. Don’t you realize how stupid you look?

Some might label those violating humble protocol as narcissists, or by its scientific definition, ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder’. Symptoms of the disorder include: Exaggerating one’s importance among others, seeking constant attention and admiration from others, believing they’re special and can only be understood by other special people or institutions.

(I want to be perfectly clear; When I say narcissist, I’m addressing those with big egos. Not the tiny fraction of people with actual mental disorders.)

I’m no doctor but that seems like a huge generalization to me. That is, to assume all those pressing their ego buttons are narcissists. Keep in mind, ego isn’t as much a personality trait as it’s an action.

And am I right? Well, the data is in and to be honest – I’m not sure.

What I do know, is that a common trait associated with wealthy, confident, and powerful people, is the ability to trudge through bullshit like water. To keep one’s head raised and chest open when shit hits the fan. Pure unabashed confidence.

You might be thinking that ego doesn’t matter, or that it’s an obstacle and nothing else. But I’m convinced you can utilize it in a positive way.

For example,

When Kanye West smashed his jaw open in a car crash, did he really believe he’d be a best selling rap artists? When Steve Jobs got fired from the company he created, did he really believe he’d come back on top? Hardly. But that didn’t stop them.

“But that means nothing. There’s plenty of narcissistic people who’ve done nothing.” 

Well, something separates these individuals from the majority. Any guesses?

It’s an ego button the size of Africa, which is why everyone hated them. And they’re not alone.

For example, if I’m having a shit day and want to feel better, I’m going to press my ego button. If I’m too aggressive with friends or overstate my abilities, I can put my foot on the brakes.

It’s not a personality trait.

Of coarse, there’s absolutely drawbacks to ego being overused.

Show no confidence at all, and you’re a shy dork incapable of anything. Press it too much, and you’re an asshole. Drawing the line can be difficult and so it’s no surprise why  many steer clear of their ego entirely.

The trick is to find balance. To believe in yourself without being an asshole, and subsequently, to not remain quiet in pursuit of your desires. To quote Ryan Holiday, “Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.”

That’s kind of the point.