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The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won't Learn in College About How to Be Successful [Format Kindle]

Michael Ellsberg
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"Success in the twenty-first century depends on street smarts, not book smarts. It has to do with your motivation, network, passion, and ability to make other believe in you. You'll learn stuff in college, but you won't develop these skills-which are requisite for success in life. Whether you go to college or not, The Education of Millionaires will help you learn what it takes to succeed in today's entrepreneurial economy."
(-Dale J. Stephens, founder of Uncollege.org)

"Michael Ellsberg's book is provocative and wise. Tuition is skyrocketing, job prospects are grim, and the race for bogus credentials has turned into a runaway status competition for positional goods. The Education of Millionaires offers a renegade path for anyone who wants vital skills without the crushing burden of student debt."
(-Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and first outside investor in Facebook)

"Your success in a knowledge society depends on mastery of soft skills and practical intelligence-and yet they don't show up in college or high school curriculums. Ellsberg's rebellious book provides a street-smart education to fill the gap."
(-Keith Ferrazzi, author of the #1 bestseller Who's Got Your Back)

"As Michael so aptly explains in this delightful read: your education starts in the crib and ends when you take your final breath. In a fully realized life, it is all about lifelong learning."
(-Lynda Resnick, vice chairman, Roll International, Teleflora, and PomWonderful)

"Self-education is the key to upgrading your mind and your life. Michael's book teaches you how to unlock the education available outside of classes, all around you."
(-Matt Mullenweg, creator, WordPress.org)

"This book is a masterpiece. Gripping and whip-smart, The Education of Millionaires will forever revolutionize your thoughts on the connection between education, career success and prosperity. Ellsberg is careful to avoid 'motivational fluff' and instead provides mind-blowingly sharp (and humorous) brass-tacks advice on how to profit handsomely by becoming a lifelong learner."
(-Jenny Blake, author of Life After College)

"If entrepreneurs were running schools, instead of bureaucrats, schools would be teaching a lot more of the skills and mindsets found in this book. Since they're not, this book is a necessary antidote to a traditional college education."
(-Scott Banister, founder of IronPort Systems, Banister Capital)

"This is the must read of the next era of education. This one book could be all the education you ever need to massively outperform even the Ivy League. The secrets contained are brilliant and simple to adopt."
(-Cameron Herold, author of Double Double, former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?)

"Just like the entrepreneurs he highlights in his book, Ellsberg challenges the conventional wisdom of what it takes to make it in this world. If you have an idea and the drive, nothing can stop you. And Ellsberg proves it."
(-Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why)

"You don't need a degree to live life on your own terms: you need economically valuable skills. Ellsberg's book is the blueprint for entrepreneurial education."
(-Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business)

"Provocative and timely, Ellsberg lays bare what he sees as a giant hole in much of traditional education-a focus on 'academic' knowledge and a de-emphasis on the knowledge and skills necessary to actually succeed in life. Drawing from a wealth of interviews with successful entrepreneurs, he hones in on seven key success skills that help put you back in the driver's seat."
(-Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Some of the smartest, most successful people in the country didn’t finish college. None of them learned their most critical skills at 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 missing pieces by interviewing a wide range of millionaires and billionaires who don’t have college de­grees, including fashion magnate Russell Simmons and Facebook found­ing president Sean Parker.
 
This book is your guide to developing practical success skills in the real world: how to find great mentors, build a world-class network, make your work meaningful (and your meaning work), build the brand of you, and more. Learning these skills is a necessary addition to any education, whether you’re a high school dropout or graduate of Harvard Law School.


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J'ai longtemps hésité à lire ce livre en raison du titre assez kitsch mais c'est en fait un très bon livre sur l'entreprenariat et l'éducation. Les millionnaires dont il est question dans le livre sont tous des "self-made men" et, à travers des interviews, l'auteur décrit leurs parcours.

Le livre est organisé avec un talent spécifique par chapitre. Il s'agit à chaque fois d'un talent à développer pour réussir avec sa propre entreprise (ou en tant qu'employé mais avec une attitude proactive) et le dit talent n'est généralement PAS enseigné à l'école. Cela jette donc un nouvel éclairage sur le succès dans le monde du travail.

J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre parce que cela m'a emmené dans les coulisses d'un monde qui m'inspire depuis des années et que j'ai eu la bonne surprise de retrouver interviewés dans le livre des personnes qui m'inspirent énormément ou, d'autres, que je ne connaissais pas mais qui sont passées par la même chose que moi et avaient des conseils à partager dans lesquels j'ai pu me retrouver. Par exemple, comment s'auto-financer, l'importance d'apprendre à *faire* les choses plutôt qu'à apprendre uniquement d'un point de vue théorique, comment donner du sens à son travail, l'importance d'apprendre toute sa vie...

Le livre est très critique (mais, j'ai trouvé, toujours juste) de l'éducation au sens académique, qui ne nous prépare pas à la vie active.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great book 29 mai 2014
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Very inspirational a must read for young people. But also for parents and parents to be. I really advise the reading of this book
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Démentèle les idées reçues sur le succès ! 18 février 2012
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L'auteur a interviewé des millionnaires de notre époque. De vrais humains qui se sont fait eux-mêmes, parfois en partant de rien, et qui non seulement ont réussi, mais en plus sont des gens de coeur ! Ils partagent des stratégies et des clés pour réussir qui sont précieuses.
Ce qui m'a particulièrement plu dans ce livre, c'est que les idées reçues y ont la vie dure : en effet, loin des clichés à la Liliane Bettencourt, la plupart des riches ont réussi grâce à leur intelligence pratique, à leurs passions, et à leur sens de l'humain. Ils n'ont pas fait d'études universitaires, et tous s'accordent pour dire que ce qui les a fait réussir ne leur a pas été inculqué à l'école. Vous constaterez dans cet ouvrage que le succès est à votre portée. Bonne nouvelle, non ?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why pay $100k for a "degree" when you can Self Educate? 8 novembre 2011
Par Blake Leavitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found this book to be highly entertaining and enlightening. A lot of the books I've been reading lately have been great but mainly re-affirming what I already know. Michael gave me quite a few great new ideas and numerous entertaining stories to back his arguments and make his points. I felt as though he readily admits that for some, higher education may be a totally feasible option, but the main question would be "to what cost?" His ending Epilogue about the coming "Education Bubble" sums it all up incredibly well. Most people (including most of my colleagues) graduate University with HUGE amounts of debt only to be able to find jobs serving you & me at Starbucks or similar high-school type jobs. There is no way that they'll be able to pay off there school loans at their income levels and even if they file for Bankruptcy they still owe on their student loans. Having been well over $50k in debt and working behind a shovel for minimum wage with a college degree, I know the overwhelming stress that creates. It's enough to make you want to off yourself! So the question is, why pay all that money & go through it all in the first place when there are other options like khanacademy.org (which has a HUGE selection of completely free educational videos, including everything from Trig, to Economics, to Art History!) or other resources he lists in his book.

I am a person who has purchased online training seminars/ courses for business & investing, reads a non-fiction business/ self-help book about every other month and has even shelled out over $7k/seminar for similar weekend seminars. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurism & finance. I can honestly say that all of my success has come from me busting my ass & figuring out what people want & delivering on that (just like what Michael suggests in his book). Never really liking school and going to college to fulfill my father's desire to have a male member of our family graduate from higher education I can honestly say that what I have learned in my self education FAR exceeds my formal business classes and at a fraction of the total cost. But I knew that it would. My father is a very successful small business owner who dropped out of college and is far more successful in business & life than most of my colleagues parents who hold degrees. He always told me that continuos self education and refinement in all areas of your life was the key to being successful and happy.

My only major critique of the book (and of most business non-fiction books) is that it can be a little long winded at times. I found myself a few times thinking, "Skip to the end Michael, you've already made your point." But I would also say that for a few lessons, I needed that length for it to really sink in.

My apologies for such a long winded and personal review, but I think what Michael touches in on is a very sensitive subject that many of us hold very personal. People are going to either love it or hate it. Remember that when reading reviews & if you're skeptical, pick it up at your local library, but just remember... that's exactly the type of self educate Michael urges his readers to do.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Felt I had to Wash My Hands when I was done 7 octobre 2011
Par Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First: i would rate 2 1/2 stars if possible but not three!
The premise of this book was really promising. I thought it was going to be, based on the preface, about people who have educated themselves and become experts or broke new ground in technology, finance, and other fields.

What I got: multilevel marketing scams and sleaze. It starts about the third chapter, where he mentions his 'friend' Eben Pagan.. I looked up the guys name and his site.. something in my gut just told me something was very very wrong.. well I looked up his name and it turns out he was one of those 'dating' 'seduction' hustlers. It just got sleazier from there, Ellsberg goes on to say how you should 'lift people ' like Pagan up - and then people will lift you up... does this sound like a non-financial ponzi scheme or what? Ellesberg never mentions Pagan's past, he just says the "runs a 30 million internet marketing company" - gee just like the founder of Zappo's eh? Ellesberg is not upfront about this, implying he knows its a liability and undermines his point. He often refers to copy writers who launched products that made ## million in sales but, suspiciously, never mentions what those products or companies were.( In fairness, he does point out who his personal friends are.)

Then I started to notice all the plugs for his buddies in the pages and I felt like I had paid for an advertisement. I 'thought' having a column on Forbes that this guy would be somewhat respectable, but I should have known better having first heard of him from a link to Tim Ferris (The four hour hustle)'s web site. The cross-marketing is annoying an undermines credibility.. Anyone who has read such books knows the pattern by now: "Four Steps to doing a successful career" Step one "increase networking" You really can't become a great networker without reading "this book by author blah blah blah (plug for book here, and the author of the book having reciprocal agreement to plug you)" But it's not just books, he constantly pushes expensive seminars as well (not his own). Sorry the idea that you have to spend 4000.00 on some 'empowerment' weekend is hogwash. i sincerely doubt these meetings are little more than some insiders making money and a lot suckers out 4000.00.

These guys sell dreams, not real advice. They sell the idea you can work four hours, or you can live like a rock star. A lot of times there advice is counter productive or at the very least unfounded.. they are good confidence men, but what they advise has no efficacy. To be fair to Ellsberg, he does clearly say that your chances of becoming a rock star or billionaire are largely out of your control and he does often site the more temperate Seth Godin.

I also found the writing sophomoric - call me a prude, but if someone has to constantly curse rather than think about what he is cursing about, he's no better than authors who write in cliches (for a wonderful analysis of this read George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language")

I believe that education, particularly higher education, has become a bit of a financial scam, and educational standards have shrunk. But statements like "What do you want your kid to learn, trigonometry, we have computers for that" quoted from one of his "experts" with tacit approval is beyond ignorant.

On the up side, there is some practical advice here and there, some good stories and even if you don't want to emulate ellesberg's tactics, analysis of his self marketing and promotion might be helpful.

Also he does offer practical warnings about the impracticality of today's higher education, the sense of entitlement it creates that cuts one off from opportunities (the idea of being 'above' certain types of work, or that abstract theories of 'film studies' will get you a job anywhere, let alone in film ). Some of his descriptions of the mentality of formal education are amusing and eye opening.

lastly, people who game amazon (like Ferris) are notorious for deleting negative reviews (notice all the short five star reviews, usually the 'user's only one? , so I will saving this off line and will check for occasional attempts by the author or his minions to delete it).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Game-changer -- do not pass go until you read this book! 29 septembre 2011
Par Jenny Blake - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ellsberg's book is a referendum against the notion that higher education is mandatory for self-made success (in fields other than law and medicine that require highly trained professionals). The book comes at a critical time as more and more graduates find themselves buried in debt but without a job to show for it.

Through dozens of in-depth interviews with movers and shakers, Ellsberg uncovers what he sees as the seven key self-education categories for career success -- that they DON'T teach you in college.

The millionaires he interviews are self-taught and self-made -- and their stories are inspiring for anyone who is looking to rely less on others (school, teachers, managers, companies) for career success and more on themselves and their highest creative faculties.

The seven key success skills Ellsberg highlights are:
1. How to make your work meaningful and your meaning work
2. How to find great mentors and teachers, connect with powerful and influential people, and build a world-class network
3. What every successful person needs to know about marketing, and how to teach yourself
4. What every successful person needs to know about sales, and how to teach yourself
5. How to invest for success (the art of bootstrapping)
6. Build the brand of you (or, to hell with resumes!)
7. The entrepreneurial mindset versus the employee mindset -- become the author of your own life

This book is a page-turner and a must-read -- I read it on one cross-country plane flight, then immediately gave it to my brother (a more recent graduate) and said "do not pass go until you finish this book."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Entrepreneurial Feast 29 septembre 2011
Par Passion Junkie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great, easy, inspiring read. Lots of useful take-aways. Finished it in about 5 hours.

In summary:
Conventional education does not teach us what we need in order to be financially successful in the world. Michael Ellsberg offers 7 success skills that he believes are essential to success based on his interviews with self-made millionaires. There's a chapter dedicated to each of the 7 skills as well as resources to pursue to learn more about each.

There's a part of me that wants to share the 7 skills here, but I know that if it was me reading this review and someone else had posted the 7 skills in bullet point format, I'd probably read them and think to myself "I know this already". That would have been a tragedy, as although none the 7 skills are long lost secrets, Michael and his self-made millionaire mentors gave me a an eye-opening perspective that has changed the way I do business.

I loved reading the stories of the extraordinary people interviewed in this book. Some are famous... some I'd never heard of... But they're all compelling... and what stood out for me the most was that they approach wealth creation from the perspective of "what can I give" rather than "what can I get". A refreshing change and a perspective I think is becoming more and more common.

A hugely valuable book filled with lots of entrepreneurial wisdom.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The "Andragogy" of Entrepreneurs 28 janvier 2012
Par F. Tyler B. Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Michael Ellsberg, in "The Education of Millionaires", argues the educational model in the United States is not only responsible for perpetuating an "employee" versus an "entrepreneur mindset", but is also broken, too expensive, and ill-suited for the chaotic, flat, disruptive, and digital world in which we live.

Mr. Ellsberg began his freelance writing career doing direct-sales copywriting, where he surely learned how to wrestle his prose into a form that it is both efficient and moving. This book has a power to persuade. I found myself surprised at the degree to which his writing was a call to action for me.

According to Ellsberg, this book was intended to be a launching-off point from which its reader will begin a journey of self-improvement and self-education. He provides throughout the book: links to websites, names of other books, seminar information, and other resources with which the curious can pursue further reading or learning.

"For people in the industrialized world," writes Ellsberg, "middle-class and above, the primary focus of our waking lives between the ages of six and twenty-two is--to a first approximation--grades. To a second approximation, the agenda also includes narrowly defined extracurricular activities, such as sports and music and volunteering, which look good on college applications and entry-level resumes... Have you ever stopped to ponder how utterly bizarre this state of affairs is?"

Later in the book, Mr. Ellsberg interviews PayPal founder, Peter Thiel, who contends, "Formal education has become very status oriented, and very far substantively from what people are interested in accomplishing in their lives and the world. And it's gotten worse as our society has become more tracked," says Thiel. Students are going to school for the "credential, only."

Throughout the book, Ellsberg quotes interviews with other entrepreneurs (most of whom, unlike Peter Thiel and Seth Godin, never graduated from college). Mr. Ellsberg demonstrates the ways that most of these interviewees "bootstrapped" a business from nothing. The example of these entrepreneurs, says Mr. Ellsberg, is to do, to be, to work for no boss. And Mr. Ellsberg speaks from experience. While a graduate of Brown, and the Ivy League, he attribute none, if any, of his success to his formal education, but rather to his ability to market himself, learn a new skill, find mentors, etc.

The structure of formal, higher education in the United States is currently such, argues Ellsberg, that smart people are otherwise brainwashed to look for external guidance and instruction on what to do with their lives.

Is not the unifying lament of the "Millennial" generation on some level, "I don't know what I want to do with my life!"? Perhaps this is because that when they "graduate" from our formal education system, one that has supposedly shown them the way their whole life, they are lost in the desert without a guide?

Grades and credentials, Ellsberg argues, lead us to pursue a "path" in life, where achievement of the next wrung up the ladder is the only end game, and obedience and completing the tasks handed to you the way to get there.

Mr. Ellsberg through the many examples in this book demonstrates how there is another way. This way is to realize that the most valuable learning is practical and experiential. You learn by doing, and failing. You learn by adapting to situations in the world before you. Credentials will not prepare you for these situations, only experience will. If only experience will educate us, the logic continues, why do we not just throw ourselves into the world of experience sooner? Formal education's answer to this question has long been, "Because our youth at age 18 are not ready for the real world of experience." But are US colleges really the protected, sheltered incubators of higher learning they claim to be? A Saturday night on a University campus may argue otherwise. Perhaps the un-reality of a college campus perpetuates the very immaturity it claims to inhibit?

While Mr. Ellsberg's point that formal education, the pedagogy of this educational system and the benefits it provides, is overpriced, may indeed be a fair and accurate statement, I am not ready to discount the institution in its entirety. Doing such is to throw the baby out with the bath water. Formal university systems, with all their problems, still offer demonstrable value (the ability to network and establish social connections for one). Mark Zuckerberg may have dropped out of Harvard, but isn't that where he met his co-founders and original investors without whom Facebook would have never happened? Isn't it contradictory to use quotes from Messer's Thiel and Godin, both graduates of Stanford (Law and Business School), to strengthen his argument? Ellsberg's admonitions of higher education seem better geared towards Liberal Arts programs that cost $50,000 per year than towards law and business degrees at top institutions.

So perhaps there is a middle way. Perhaps the message of Mr. Ellsberg's book is not that formal education is evil and valueless per se. Perhaps the better takeaway from this book is that the lessons of the entrepreneurs in this book, no matter your situation in life, are worth learning and applying in your life. Education, as Marc Ecko says, is ultimately about "andragogy" rather than "pedagogy". In this sense, an education in the Humanities can still offer a return on investment if it turns a student into a voracious readers and seeker of knowledge, rather than of credentials and grades.

As Mr. Ellsberg notes, "andragogy" literally means "man-leading", whereas pedagogy "child-leading". This delineation of these two words is an apt peroration of the entire book. The formal education system in the United States has evolved more and more into a pedagogical system, where Professor expert gurus, people whom often have little practical experience outside the University walls, lead their young students, showing them the way to read a text, understand history, etc. And to motivate these students, they use external abstractions like "A's" and "B's". Anyone with even a basic knowledge of Social Psychology knows that external motivators sap intrinsic motivation.

Contrastingly, the entrepreneurs in this book learned another way. They were not children with adults to show them the way. They were alone in the world. They had to rely on experience and personal responsibility. They focused on learning things that were directly relevant to their personal business endeavors. Their learning was focused on fixing a problem, rather than absorbing and regurgitating a sea of content. Their motivators were internal (growing their business) rather than external (grades and degrees). Their efforts were less taught and more self-directed.

I am not ready to look at the experience of these entrepreneurs, and say as a result that all formal education in this country is best thrown out with the trash (as Mr. Ellsberg seems ready to do). But their experience is enough for me to say that there is a lot to be learned from their approach to learning and life, especially for someone who might be a product of a formal education system. Their example of self-starting, courage, and perseverance is one that anyone would benefit from studying and implementing to some degree in their own life.
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