I’ve discussed in a previous post how a new movement is shaping. Self-education is becoming the new norm.
There’s so much information online about any topic, any industry, any profession.
It’s actually an enormous opportunity for brands, aspiring entrepreneurs, and even students.
It projected to be a $1B a day industry.
Yes, people spend money on platforms like Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, CreativeLive, on training programs created by successful business owners, leaders, and influencers like maniacs.
They get educated, they give back to newcomers. This cycle is changing how people deal with colleges and universities.
So, is University really worth it?
Is University Worth It?
When I was at University I learned a lot. There was a ton of knowledge. Serious stuff. Of course, this knowledge is the next level compared to high-school education.
I learned how to run businesses, how to manage personnel, how to handle production problems, how to organize a company financially, how to expand in new areas and markets, how to deal with clients.
I learned statistics, advanced mathematics, economics, and studied civil and commercial law.
I came across marketing, advertising, and sales for the first time in my life.
All that was great, absolutely.
But…and this is a big but.
There Was Something Missing
All this knowledge was just plain theory. But when you don’t apply what you learn immediately in the business world, you get left behind.
Why Is That Happening?
Why do they teach us with this particular model?
I believe it’s on purpose.
They want us to get this valuable degree that opens a thousand doors and then get a good job for the rest of our lives.
We, the students, supposedly would get high-paying jobs at giant companies. And that was at least promising for us to secure financially our future.
A quality retirement that the majority of uneducated people would not be able to enjoy.
But They Failed On This Promise, Too
When I was in my first year at the university, I was told that the future is bright for me.
There was an ocean of companies, corporations, and organizations looking to hire people like me.
High-paying jobs, potential to climb up the ladder and become a manager, executive, and director.
And the time had come and I graduated.
And what did they say?
We know we’ve promised you that the future was bright for you, but things have changed. There is a sign of economic recession, which indeed, followed 12 years later, in 2008.
Now only a handful of companies were looking for people like me.
What an irony.
My Next Critical Moves
I did not give up. I knew that education is important to fuel and enhance my business and management skills.
I thought it would make sense to get a master’s diploma in order to bypass all those with a bachelor’s degree.
I decided quickly and I started studying English for economics to pass an exam that would give me access to a British University.
I was studying hard for one year while working at my family’s manufacturing company.
Finally, I passed the exam and I was ready to move to the UK.
But Then Something Happened…
I realized that I was delaying my progress in the real business world. Accidentally? I can’t remember now. But I did realize it.
At this point, I thought that 2 or 3 more years away from home would hurt my progress in the business.
I’ve already lost 1 and a half years in the army.
More importantly, our manufacturing company was not doing well, after 30 years.
These thoughts forced me to make a very hard back then decision.
I knew I had to focus on my business development.
Time shows that this was a good decision. Or wasn’t it?
I’m also a big believer that everything happens for a reason.
And as Robert Kiyosaki says…they don’t teach us money at school.
But let add to this:
They don’t teach us how to become REAL entrepreneurs. They teach us how to become managers, employees of giant corporations.
The Road To Online Entrepreneurial Success
For many years, I followed my instinct and used my skills and knowledge to expand my businesses, and I did just fine. I had my ups and downs, like everyone, but I was having progress.
I had only a few failures and even in these cases, I did not lose serious money.
But when I decided to expand my business online, I realized I had to become a student again.
The online business world depends heavily on marketing and advertising.
No matter how good your product or service is, people won’t find you if your brand is not visible online.
Then, I learned about affiliate marketing and how great this business model is.
Because you can get started with even zero investment and you can study marketing while building your platform.
It was the perfect experiment for my spare hours.
So, I became a student again at the age of 40.
Thanks to training programs like those included in my ELITE list, thanks to affiliate managers like Matt McWilliams, thanks to entrepreneurs like Eben Pagan, Steve Olsher, Dean Graziosi, Tony Robbins, Kevin Harrington, and so many others, thanks to mentors like Jay Neill, thanks to copywriters like Ray Edwards and Donald Miller, thanks to social media influencers like Ann Tran, and thanks to platforms like Wealthy Affiliate, Affilorama, and on and on, I managed to become visible online.
Of course, I played a role too, I was working and learning constantly, even part-time.
I was learning and implementing immediately, this is key.
Then the platform I created became popular, and thousands of people from all over the world started visiting it.
Gradually, from a publisher/marketing partner, I started offering advertising services to foreign companies directly, as an agency.
All this with an initial investment of $ 31, yes, only $31. But of course with a lot of personal work.
Millennials have $1.5 trillion worth of debt
111 colleges in the USA that have over a billion-dollar endowment
Harvard raised $9.6 billion
27% of kids that go to college actually get a degree in that field
52% of college students hate the job they’re in
Debt of millennials in trillion-dollars
Colleges with over 1 billion-dollar endowment
Billion dollars that Harvard raised
College kids that get a deggree in their field
College students that hate the job they're in
If Universities and Colleges don’t have a vision for us, we do.
If governments want us to be sheep, we want to become independent.
If the rich elite wants us as employees, we will become employers.
It’s your time now.
I realized I was wasting time studying without practicing, without implementing, without taking action.
And so do millions of people that have a vision for themselves.
They can’t stay inactive.
They want to impact as many lives as they can.
They want it now.
The education system is broken. We hope it repairs but it’s not right now. Everyone knows that Universities and colleges are going down.
The famous management guru, Peter Drucker, in 1997 predicted…
Universities won’t survive. the future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast.
Universities provide generalized knowledge when in fact, people are looking for specialized knowledge.
And don’t ever think that when you graduate from university or college, that you know enough.
Education and learning should never stop.
When you enter the working force, either offline or online, you should keep learning and reading.
You will reap the rewards later.
If you want to enter the online entrepreneurial world, as I did in 2014, I have good news.
Our private training workshops are gone live. We’ll give you the mindset, the skills, the strategies, the frameworks, the tools and resources, and an implementation plan to apply this knowledge to your business today.
We kick things off soon with the business model of affiliate marketing and now the model of the knowledge broker. More modules will be added later on.
That’s it, another article has finished, here on Web Market Support. I am waiting for your comments and thoughts. Till next time.
Tasos Perte Tzortzis
Marketing Consultant, Creator of the "7 Ideals" Methodology
Although doing traditional business offline since 1992, I fell in love with online marketing in late 2014 and have helped hundreds of brands sell more of their products and services. Founder of WebMarketSupport, Muvimag, SummerDream.
I enjoy reading, arts, science, chess, coffee, tea, swimming, Audi, and playing with my kids.
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