However, in my 40+ years of life I have learned a lot of things. One of them, if not the most important, is "experience"—not Algebra, not History, not Chemistry—Experience!
You see, while a college degree may open doors faster than street smarts—street smarts, at times, turn out to be the better route. Not to say college grads don't share creativity, imagination and fire in their soul; but we all know college isn't teaching that. Most colleges are teaching the traditional values, also known as books. And while there's plenty of room in this world for that, today's modern world is traveling too fast—in fact, so fast that you either lead, follow or get out of the way, and that's an understatement.
In order to keep up with modern day technology and the internet, two major components running the world today, we need street smarts and experience, and lots of it.
When I speak to people or interview them for positions from within, I never limit my options to that golden piece of paper. I've learned from "experience" that paper only looks pretty on a wall and it doesn't necessarily make the better applicant. And while a person's accolades may be impressive, that's not why I'm going to hire you. The person I'm hiring for the job, is the best person—for the job. So if you have a college education, great, let's talk. If you don't, great... LET TALK ANYWAY!
Building an empire isn't easy, in fact—for those who choose that route—it's one of the most difficult, gut wrenching challenges in life. So if you're going to invest your time and your money on something that big, don't you want that dream team?