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What College Doesn’t Teach You

January 20, 2011

By Adam Carroll, Phoenix-Thunderbird

I learned A LOT in college. I’m not sure I can tell you what I learned in college, but I know I learned a lot. And don’t get me wrong, it was all valuable at the time. But the real education you receive is from the mistakes you make once you’re on the outside.

Looking back, I wish there would have been a class on all the stuff you really needed to know to succeed in career, family, investing, etc. That would’ve proven extremely helpful upon graduation.

It was about seven years after I graduated that I wrote the book Winning The Money Game which was all about my personal struggle from oppressive debt to financial contentment and freedom. Seven years of learning the same lessons that millions of other people had already learned. Seven years of making mistakes, trying and failing, going back to the wall again and again.

I’ve thought long and hard about how much different my life could be now (and it’s a pretty damn good life already) if I had only known those lessons years earlier. Instead of wondering why they don’t teach more of this in college I made it part of my mission.

My mission is to teach students and young professionals how to succeed faster by sharing the life lessons of mistakes I’ve made and experiences that have helped me to grow.

And those of you reading this possess a significant advantage over those who are not affiliated with Delta Sigma Pi. You have outlets to access this kind of information — several in fact. And not just from guys like me but from other brothers of yours that have come before you in both success and failure that are sharing their stories.

This invaluable insight is offered through webinars, LEADs, Provincials, Grand Chapter Congress, your PVPs, RVPs, DDs, COYs — all of these people that have come before you have something to teach — and it won’t be something you’ll learn from your professors.

But here’s the catch: you have to be willing to listen and you have to participate.

I hear stories of brothers who “really wanted” to go to a LEAD event but the costs associated with going were prohibitive. Others pay the fee to register, then skip sessions or do no networking whatsoever while they’re there.

Shortly after graduation, I attended a seminar that was entirely too expensive for me to justify the ticket. However, I went with one aim — to learn at least one nugget of information that would help me double the investment I made to attend. ONE NUGGET. That was it.

I left with 15 pages of notes, 8 contacts of professionals that were going to help me advance my career, and a philosophy that was shared by a 28 year-old software millionaire turned real estate investor that I still live by.

I showed up and I listened. You’ve got to show up to both go up and grow up. I encourage you to attend the upcoming events. Then sit back and soak up the life experiences of those who’ve made the mistakes you don’t want to make. You may just pick up a nugget or two that could make all the difference in your life.

I look forward to seeing you at a future LEAD, Provincial or GCC!

Adam Carroll is an author, speaker and founder of National Financial Educators and frequently presents at Deltasig workshops, including LEAD events and GCC.

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