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The Reality: The biggest thing you won't learn in college is how to succeed professionally. Some of the smartest, most successful people in the country didn't finish college. None of them learned their most critical skills in an institution of higher education. And like them, most of what you'll need to learn to be successful you'll have to learn on your own, outside of school.
Michael Ellsberg set out to fill in the gaps by interviewing a wide range of millionaires and billionaires who don't have college degrees, including fashion magnate Russell Simmons, Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and founding president Sean Parker, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, and Pink Floyd songwriter and lead guitarist David Gilmour. Among the fascinating things he learned:
How fashion designer Marc Ecko started earning $1,000 a week in high school with his own clothing business and later grew it into an empire.
How billionaire Phillip Ruffin went from lowly department store clerk with no college degree to owner of Treasure Island on the Vegas Strip.
How John Paul DeJoria went from homelessness to billionaire as the founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems hair care products. This book is your guide to developing practical success skills in the real world. Even if you've already gone through college, the most important skills weren't on the curriculum - how to find great mentors, build a world-class network, learn real-world marketing and sales, make your work meaningful (and your meaning work), build the brand of you, master the art of bootstrapping, and more.
Learning the skills in this book well is a necessary addition to any education, whether you're a high school dropout or a graduate of Harvard Law School.
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By DaveO on 01-30-13
I can't get past the introduction
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Maybe the book, not the audio book.
What was most disappointing about Michael Ellsberg’s story?
I couldn't get past the introduction.... The narrator drags out the last letter of the last word in each sentence. He sounds like a "Vally Girl" when he talks... It's super annoying.
Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Synnestvedt’s performances?
Did The Education of Millionaires inspire you to do anything?
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By BookDoodler on 04-06-17
A terrible waste of time
I am investing time into this review so that others wouldn't have to waste their time listening to it. In a nutshell, the reader is the worst I've ever heard, and the author keeps alluding to the possibility that he might teach you something in the next paragraph, but that something never comes. Beyond marketing his friends' online businesses, this guy has nothing to offer. Such a waste.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful