College education. Is it for everyone?

The Scott Adams’ article How to get a real education touch on two interesting points:

  1. College education, specially in hard sciences, shouldn’t be for everyone. Why waste 4 to 5 years doing something which you aren’t good at and/or you don’t like. Wouldn’t be more useful to spend this time doing something potentially more useful? Like entrepreneurship.
  2. For being successful in business, you don’t have to be the best in anything, it is usually more important to know different set of skills and most importantly, to know how to combine them to create value. This notion is brilliantly stated by Scott Adams:

“I succeeded as a cartoonist with negligible art talent, some basic writing skills, an ordinary sense of humor and a bit of experience in the business world. The “Dilbert” comic is a combination of all four skills. The world has plenty of better artists, smarter writers, funnier humorists and more experienced business people. The rare part is that each of those modest skills is collected in one person. That’s how value is created.”

Besides combining skills, he mentions the following points:

  • Fail Forward: Learn with your mistakes.
  • Find the Action: Go where the most innovations are happening.
  • Attract Luck: Do something, luck find doers.
  • Conquer Fear: You should be comfortable when speaking in public.
  • Write Simply: Write direct sentences and avoid extra words.
  • Learn Persuasion: Convincing is important for any business.

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