Why I dropped out of college
That is definitely a good question to ask. Alright, let’s see if I can help you answer that question. Let’s start with why you went to school in the first place.
I didn’t know where I wanted to go to school and as long as if it was in Texas, I could go anywhere. It was already decided that I was going to go college long before I even knew what college was. All I knew was that I wanted to get away from home. It was not just because I thought my life at home was bad. It was because I wanted to see what life was like somewhere else.
The one thing that I loved more than anything else was the adventure of discovering new things about the world we live in. I lived in Houston, Texas and if you have ever seen Texas on the map. Then you know Texas is huge. You could drive for hours and still be in Texas. So getting away from home was rather easy.
I what I went to school for
It was really into art and health at the time, but I learned rather quickly, that art doesn’t make you very much money until you are dead or you become famous. I know now that isn’t true, but that is how I felt at the time. So I chose to go to Texas Woman’s University and get my degree in kinesiology and then become a Physical Therapist. Why a physical therapist you might ask? Because they could make upward of 115,000$ per year. You could even start out making only 55,000$ which was more than my mom was making per a year. Would it be worth it right? To have money to do anything I wanted. To buy cool shit, do interesting things, go to new places. It would only take me 8 years to do that. That’s not too long, right? This was what you want right? There aren’t other ways to make money, that don’t require 8 years of my life be spent in school. I can’t go on adventures if I’m always in school.
These are the questions that I would ask myself after 2 years of being in college. After hearing and seeing the hundreds of other people that wanted to do the same things that I did. Something began to feel off to me. It started to feel like I was heading down a path that I didn’t want to go down. It felt like I wasn’t living the life that I wanted to live. The only reason I really wanted to become a physical therapist was that I thought it would be worth it if I never had to worry about money ever again. Or so I thought.
My junior year of school
After 2 and a half years of school. I changed my major to something that was more my interest at the time. Biology was my new major and I wanted to change the world. I couldn’t change the world by working as a physical therapist. And I began to feel like the classes that were in the lower level was a joke at some points. I felt as if I never had to really apply myself because it came to me so easily. That and I didn’t see the point in spending years 6-7 years of my life in school. So I was already decided to cut the amount of time I would spend in school. I planned on graduating in the next 2 years. But after the next year, I started to get tired of this same routine every day. Fun stuff would happen every now and then but it never lasted.
I once again felt confused and lost. I was really trying to make sense of things that I was doing at the time. I started to ask myself questions again:
- How can I change or impact change the world?
- How can I give my life purpose?
- Do I even want to work a job anymore?
- How Do I make myself stand out?
- What do I need to do to do the things I want to do?
- Is this really what I want?
The longer that I ignored asking myself these questions. I started to lie to myself. If you saw then me then, you would have said that I was a happy joyful person. Because I honestly wanted to be that way, but acting happy and not being happy was a double-edged sword. I would find different ways of hiding my pain. Either by going binge-watching movies or shows, hanging out with friends rather than doing school work, going to parties, or just staying home playing video games.
What I didn’t know was that over time, you become your thoughts and the people you spend the majority of your time with. Be very mindful of the company that you keep. It’s not that people want to see you fail or anything, well maybe some do. Those people have their own problems. But they might not be encouraging you to make your dreams a reality.
You may end up losing some friends
Or people who you thought were friends. I was always into things that people weren’t normally into. I have gotten used to this and why would you listen to someone else who doesn’t aim for the same things that you do. This is why people say it is lonely at the top. If you aspire for the same things that other’s do and you know deep down that this is not going to lead you to where you want to be. Why not go against the flow? Not many people really go out and challenge themselves or even challenge the status quo. After all, the one thing that I did learn from kinesiology and biology was that things are not always what they seem. You have to test things out.
But you will gain some new friends as well. People that will really encourage you to go out and make your dreams a reality. You have to become your own best friend first. I started to learn that I needed to believe in myself and take action.
I wanted to build a business with my biology degree, but funny enough. College doesn’t teach you anything about business in biology. They don’t teach you anything about money either. I learned a lot of information about health, science, and nothing about money. But the lenders who offer up the loans know how money works.
Keep in mind, the main reason that most of us are in college is so we could get better jobs and live a richer life. However, I soon learned that was a better way. I was already starting to work on myself by beginning to listen to new people that were, where I wanted to be. I was starting to apply the things that they taught instead of listening to my professors. I listened to what they had to say but they were not where I wanted to be.
Some of my favorite teachers:
- Tai Lopez
If you have never heard of Tai Lopez then, you must not have heard about knowledge. Tai is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. He has given out loads of information for free that has actually helped me succeed in all of my businesses. Love him or hate, but this mans a legend. I learned a lot about money and the importance of reading books. Tai is one of the main reasons that I now have a new appreciation for books a bookshelf filled with books. The best investments are the ones that you make in your self.
2. Andy Frisella
Andy is a certified badass. Not in a Deadpool or superman kind of way but in a Batman kind of way. He created 1st Phorm, which is a supplement company that was started by Andy and his brother. It took him years to even make a profit with his business. But along the way, he discovered how to be truly successful. Now that supplement company brings in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Andy shares all of these secrets for free on his podcast the MFCEOproject. He gives you the bare truth and no stone is left unturned. I highly recommend that you check out his podcast. You can’t become a CEO if you can’t even be the CEO of your self.
3. Napoleon Hill
Now, I’m not really into self-help, but I am into personal development. The one book that changed everything for me was Think and Grow Rich. This book got me started in business and the more that I stick to these teachings. The bigger my business grows and the more I grow as a person.
When I wanted to start making extra money, I didn’t really know where to start. But I was recommended a book that I should read in order to help me find where to start. I wasn’t into books at first, but I was interested in listening to things. I found a full podcast of the book on youtube within a minute a began my journey. I was on a 5-hour road trip, so I had plenty of time to kill.
As I reflected over what I learned, I soon knew that school was not the only way to get an education and also discovered the plans for starting my first business that still thrives today.
Most of the subjects taught in school can be learned anywhere and most classes could be passed on memorization anyway. It’s only when you are able to apply knowledge that it starts to benefit you. A school doesn’t really allow you to do that until you graduate. And after that, you may not even use that knowledge at all. Does a piece of paper really mean that much?
Does your degree really matter?
Well, it depends on the reason that you are going to school in the first place. If you’re going into a field where a degree is needed or your school is paid for. Then I would recommend that you do not drop out of school. Just be very clear and focused on what you are trying to achieve here. For example, if you’re going to become any kind of doctor, lawyer, nurse, researcher, or any career field where you need specialized training that you can only get in school. Do not drop out! Our world needs people to fill these roles. You cannot hope to reach these positions without completing school.
However, if you went to school to get a better life, because your parents told you so, or just because other people did the same. Then you ask yourself, what do you really want to out of life?
Some things to consider
Take time and really think about this. Get a blank sheet of paper if you have to:
- The cost of continuing school
- The reason why you are going to school in the first place?
- What you ultimately want to do with your life?
- What are you willing to give up in order to get what you want?
- How much debt will you occur?
- If you want to work all your life?
- What will you do if you do drop out of school?
If you like the environment that the school offers but not at the cost. You can use it for other reasons. I use it for the spaces and environments that I have access to. I also use it as a place to build my businesses as well. Whether it’s networking with people or using my school’s resources to my advantage. This is how to use school now and how anyone else can now.
What business might you ask?
I have a few businesses that I have started at the beginning of the year.
- Network marketing (not active)
- A candy business (Active)
- Affiliate Marketing (You’re looking at it)
- eBay store (Active)
Why so many businesses?
Because I learned from Tai Lopez and Robert Kiyosaki about the benefits of having multiple streams of income. Having multiple streams of income allows you do not have to rely on a single stream. For example, having a job limits how much money you can make because you physically have to be there in order for you to make money. Running businesses allow you to make money without you having to be there. Why would you not want to be able to make money while you sleep?
Leave a comment down below on the choice that you decided to make and why.
Peace out & Stay strong guys!