BLOG*September 9, 2014

I have been following Chris Guillebeau and his Art of Non-Comformity newsletter for a few years now. He has felt his way through the entrepreneurial maze with wonderful result. It is always fascinating when you go it alone because you must confront yourself day after day. Your success depends upon your effort.

This journey can take some interesting twists and turns and may not turn out as you expected. This article by Chris reflects this sentiment and why going your own way can bring delightful results, even if it takes a while to see them.

“A long time ago, I sent a thick packet of information to Yale, explaining in considerable detail how awesome I was and why they should accept the honor of my giving them tens of thousands of dollars a year.

They sent me back a short, polite letter, saying that while they were happy to accept my initial contribution of $75, they had plenty of other applicants, even more qualified and more awesome than me, all willing to pony up the tens of thousands of dollars for the next few years.

Regretfully, I was informed, the $75 was all I’d be able to pay them. “We wish you well in your future endeavors” was how they ended their brief reply, and they didn’t even follow me on any online social networks.

Every year, a large number of young people go through the same ritual — hours upon hours spent explaining why they deserve the privilege of becoming indebted to a system that probably won’t train them for a job. For many (not all, but many), the main benefit of graduate school, or even college or university in general, is a form of life avoidance: I’m not sure this is what I want, but at least I won’t have to think about it for a while.”