T.Rich’s Alternate Path to Success

When chilling on my computer during class today, I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about today: About how much I think school is pointless. I’m not talking about the basics of elementary or high school, I’m talking about the higher over-excessive education.


*Disclaimer* I’m mainly talking about school from a business world perspective. This post isn’t for everyone. If you are studying to be a doctor or lawyer or what not, you better know what the crap you are doing before you shove a scapula into my living flesh or protecting me against some serial rapist in court!

You also should know that I have the opposite brain of Albert Einstein. I think he was blessed with some genius mind cells, yet he was always saying, “I’m really not that smart.” I on the other hand am always lying to myself saying, “I am so super smart” when in reality I am not.

MY BRAIN has a comparable disease to an eating disorder that girls have. Except my disease is the complete opposite. You know the one where they look in the mirror and see a big fatty but really they are like skeletor? The opposite would be a girl thinking they are so gorgeous that they should be on people magazine’s front cover. Yeah, now imagine that for my brain. I’m like sitting in class and I’m like, “Daaang t-rich, you are so smart. You don’t have to study and read books”. And then I pretend like I’m getting A+’s on everything I do.


You can literally learn whatever you want, when you want!

Schools think for some reason that they are the only ones that have any information in this world. I hate to break it to schools but this isn’t 1979 when the best technology was the Sony Walkman, which was a $200 purchase. Back in 1979, this would be a different blog post. In 1979 I’d say that schools DID have a lot of the information.

Don’t know if you guys have heard of Wikipedia.com, but it is made of the gold at the end of a rainbow. Ask my wife, on a road trip one time I wikipedia-surfed for 6 consecutive hours. Don’t tell my professors but any report I do in school is stolen from there anyway, so why not just learn straight from the source.

Ask anyone how much he or she actually remember of his or her university studies and see what responses you get. I promise a lot of their answers will be a butt-load of “uhhhh”. There’s a simple reason that a lot of people don’t remember and that’s because they chose subjects that they weren’t passionate about and did not continue studying after they left. They think: ‘I did what I needed to pass and now I can leave it behind.’ We all just go to school to get a degree.

I don’t need a piece of worthless paper telling me that I’m qualified to do a job. Yet, for some reason, I’m still trying to get that piece of paper.

On top of it all university admissions have been consistently going up. Upon completing university students are now, on average, about $45,000 in debt. Trust me, I googled it. The post-school portion of students’ lives will begin with a huge financial burden. If you ask me I’d rather have invested that $45,000 into starting a company and maybe of paid Lindsey Lohan to do an awesome celebrity commercial! Ew…joke.

A degree is also not worth what it once used to be. People all over the business industry without degrees are as successful as those with a degree.

My mind-blowing list of examples: Bill Gates, Ralph Lauren, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Henry Ford, and a bunch of freaking rich Indians!

So you’ve studied for 3 years and what have you actually achieved? You sure are not as well off as those homies.

The truth is that you memorized a lot of information but applying that information was not part of the learning process. The business world is about experience. Everybody wants to hire someone with experience. Everyone wants to hire someone who has done the job before and succeed. For example if you apply for Lady Gaga’s new stylist she’ll say “So what freaky awful clothes have you dressed someone up in before?”. She wants your answer to be “I dressed Marilyn Manson back in the day”. So unless you have that baller experience Lady Gaga will want nothing to do with you.

So how do I land the Lady Gaga job and get to the point to where someone wants to hire and work with me? I need experience! We all need to just get out of the building and start making mistakes and gaining experience.

The world from my point of view is about faking it til you make it. In high school I used to be the BEST faker maker. I mean, I didn’t even think about it. It was just second nature. I’d walk around faking it all the time and making things happen. As my junior year math teacher. She basically told my parents that “t.rich is an idiot, but he will be someone someday”. From the little I’ve seen in the business world, it is the same. We need to sell ourselves. Not in the sleezy way, but the smart man way because sometime in the business world people get that confused (winky face)

Point of this is just to say that there are many different ways to be successful. Don’t just be another clone and assume that once you have your degree that you’ve made it. I’ve heard too many horror stories.

Like tupac says “dats just the way it is”.

This is basically just me ranting. Bad day at school I guess.

Oh and I really don’t want that Lady Gaga job. Just to clear the air.


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6 thoughts on “T.Rich’s Alternate Path to Success

  1. Ha awesome blog & point… I think about this every day.. I’m now 25 and still got a full year of school to do get that big Bachelor’s degree. I’ve made school a come-n-go part time job while trying to do something of my own on the side.

    And some how I keep coming back.
    Signing up for classes Oct 31st to get ‘that paper’.

    I don’t want “another job” I am simply doing it for credibility. Open for comment on this, but I’ve realized that to get that dream job others want to see some kind of a Bachelors education. YET like t-hood-rich in this commented they all want experience much more and experience does land the job. Saying you’ve been there and done it is everything and more than a degree.

    I do like school for the networking opportunity. I started a business with a kid from Entrepreneurship class but quickly got out of that. Watched Kisstixx guys show off their awesome product and story only making me angrier for being in school. I’ve done the summer sales thing and struck gold my first year and am doing everything I can to get out of it now but it almost seems that’s the only way for people in Utah county who don’t get the degree to succeed. Todd Patterson for life. Drive that Ferrari to Golds one more time today.

    To sum it up, school is ridiculous but needed in Professional world I believe for credibility. And yes for those people who act rich before graduating (my bro in law a.k.a Med-school students etc.) you need school (enjoy it for life) but for people who are street smart keep that entrepreneurial spirit ALIVE!

  2. Agree. Degrees are a great way to get into huge debt. People don’t realize a school is a business. They take your money and provide a “service”.

    The world is changing. Lots and lots of learned people with degrees and no jobs…

  3. You would actually quit school if you believed this. The difference is that true entrepreneurs sell all and focus on the product they want to build and ship.

  4. Sam,

    I do feel like this. I am curreny only one semester away from getting a degree. Plus pressures from family are keeping me in school. True entrepreneurs do sell all and focus on product. For that reason I am saying that I wish I could focus on product, not on school. I want to be a true entrepreneur and rid school from my schedule. I don’t see where the disagreement is?

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