Hacking Your Education

  • by Dale J. Stephens
  • Narrated by Kyle McCarley
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's no secret that college doesn't prepare students for the real world. Student loan debt recently eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in history and now tops one trillion dollars. And the throngs of unemployed graduates chasing the same jobs makes us wonder whether there's a better way to "make it" in today's marketplace. There is - and Dale Stephens is proof of that. In Hacking Your Education, Stephens speaks to a new culture of "hackademics" who think college diplomas are antiquated.
Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can, too. You don't need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school.
The real requirements are much simpler: Curiosity, confidence, and grit. Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. Stephens teaches you to create opportunities for yourself and design your curriculum - inside or outside the classroom. Whether your dream is to travel the world, build a startup, or climb the corporate ladder, Stephens proves you can do it now, rather than waiting for life to start after "graduation" day.


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Customer Reviews

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Unschooling for adults

This book is an adult variation on the homeschooling movement- more specifically the un-schooling movement which focuses strongly on self guided education. Themes include ways to get into college courses without paying (and without accreditation and sneaking into expensive seminars and getting jobs that utilize a persons skills in spite of education. The idea that a person might not have highly sought after technical skills to begin with seems totally lost on the author. Much of the book focuses on how great it was for hundreds of now successful individual people to have skipped high school and college in preference of their own path- so far less time is really spent on educating ones self. It is however a dandy little guide in making your life more interesting and sparking new ways of thinking but I am not sure how much more marketable it can make someone. I think most people with marketable skills are aware that certification is an outdated hassle and many employers do too. Those people are already looking for loopholes to bypass those requisites. I would recommend this book to people interested in the Homeschool/ unschool movement or to people looking for new ways to learn things- don't expect this one to make you any money or help you to get a job. The ability to acquire new marketable skills (for adults) is hardly discussed
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- Niall

Arrogant Book

Would you try another book from Dale J. Stephens and/or Kyle McCarley?


Has Hacking Your Education turned you off from other books in this genre?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

It wasn't the narration but the arrogance of the book itself

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, it gave a different perspective of the self made individual

Any additional comments?

What the author should have noted was that those who do not attain an education stand a remote chance of making it in the real world. Those people who really do well, without an education, aren't the norm. Yes, they exist but your chances of doing well, especially in business, requires a decent education. He almost attacks our educational system because he is self made. True, our educational system needs change. However, leaving school is typically not the answer.

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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio