This is what I wish: that my daughters don’t go to school.
I offered my oldest the very prestigious “Altucher Fellowship”. Never awarded before. Only awarded to her. Basically it says: do exactly what I tell you to do for a year and don’t go to college.
I’m not sure she’s going to take it. Here’s my ideal program:
- Spend some time each day learning the skills in the graphic.
- Watch one movie a day with me and discuss.
- Publish a book of essays by the end of the year.
- You can take time off to travel.
And, by the way, this will be cheaper than you going to college. Her answer, begrudgingly: I’ll think about it. Here are the skills:
A. Networking – A corollary of leadership
B. How to sell – Presentation, vision, motivation, sales.
C. Negotiation – Which means win-win, Not war.
D. The Google Rule – Always send people to the best resource. Even if it’s a competitor. The benefit to you comes back tenfold.
E. The 1% Rule – Every week, try to get better 1% physically, mentally, and emotionally.
F. Idea Sex (but with protection!) – Get good with setting up with ideas. Then combine them. Master the intersection.
G. Reinvention – Which will happen repeatedly throughout life.
H. Leadership (which is really a course about how to deal with both Vision and Anger at the same time) – Give more to others than you expect back for yourself.
I. Mastery; How to master any field – You can’t learn this in school with each ‘field’ being regimented into equal 50 minute periods. Mastery begins when formal education ends. Find the topic that sets your heart on fire. Then combust.
J. Finding Signal in the Noise – News, advice books, fees upon fees in almost every area of your life. Find the signal outside of the noise everyone else marches to .
K. Themes > Goals – Goals will break your heart. Have a theme. You can build your days around your themes. In the short blink that thins out your life, when you reach the point where goals matter no more, the themes of your life will shine bright.
L. Creativity – Take down a pad. Write down a list of ideas, everyday.
M. Failure (a skill not taught until many years after the degree. But it is taught, believe me, you will learn it or die). – Learn how to fail so that failure turns into a beginning.
N. Give and you will Receive – Give constantly to the people in your network. The value of your network increases linearly if you get to know more people, but exponentially if the people you know get to know and help eachother.
O. Simple tools – To increase productivity