Elon Musk Doesn't Care About Your College Degree
November 6, 2017
A college degree is valuable, but Elon says...
“There is no need to even have a college degree, at all. If someone graduated from a great university that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things but it’s not necessarily the case.”
In a short clip, Elon Musk says that looking for exceptional ability is a better indication of future success. If someone demonstrates a track record of exceptional achievement, it will likely continue into the future.
The other week we wrote about the best companies for new grads to join, but this week the founder of all mind-blowing tech says a college degree (which you may have) isn’t necessary. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What to make of it?
While a degree is meaningful, many of the most talented operators learn and earn their credentials outside of school. A few words of advice from Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList:
1. What to study and how to study it are more important than where to study it and for how long.
2. The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best peers are on the Internet.
3. The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.
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