The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won't Learn in College about How to Be Successful

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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 de?grees, including fashion magnate Russell Simmons and Facebook found?ing president...
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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Dale J. Stephens
"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."
Peter Thiel
"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."
Keith Ferrazzi
"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."
Lynda Resnick
"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."
Matt Mullenweg
"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."
Jenny Blake
"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."
Scott Banister
"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."
Cameron Herold
"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."
Simon Sinek
"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."
Josh Kaufman
"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."
Jonathan Fields
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591845614
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 191,994
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ellsberg was born in San Francisco in 1977 and lives in New York. Michael sends manifestos, recommendations, tips, and other exclusive content to his private email list, which you can join at www.ellsberg.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Craigslist Test of the Value of a BA (or, Why Practical Intelligence Almost Always Beats Academic Intelligence) 1

Success Skill #1 How to Make Your Work Meaningful and Your Meaning Work (or, How to Make a Difference in the World Without Going Broke) 23

Success Skill #2 How to Find Great Mentors and Teachers, Connect with Powerful and Influential People, and Build a World-Class Network 62

Success Skill #3 What Every Successful Person Needs to Know About Marketing, and How to Teach Yourself 101

Success Skill #4 What Every Successful Person Needs to Know About Sales, and How to Teach Yourself 127

Success Skill #5 How to Invest for Success (The Art of Bootstrapping.) 151

Success Skill #6 Build the Brand of You (or, To Hell with Resumes!) 175

Success Skill #7 The Entrepreneurial Mind-Set Versus the Employee Mind-Set Become the Author of Your Own Life 192

Epilogue: The Education Bubble is About to Pop-Are you Prepared for the Aftermath? 222

Afterword Objections And Replies 243

Gratitude 259

Notes 263

Index 267

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Wish he wrote this when I was 17

    A truly necessary book that bursts the bubble of expecting formal education to be the end all be all to success. It's not. And he makes a great supporting argument. He tells it like it is and keeps it real. Great read for a different perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    I've devoured the Education of Millionaires a couple of times, a

    I've devoured the Education of Millionaires a couple of times, and glean something more from it each time. Let's cut to the chase: the Education of Millionaires provides a very useful framework for equipping yourself to succeed on your own terms.

    For those with very different expectations, or such a deep need to justify not taking action, you just aren't going to be happy with this book.

    However, if you've ever had an inkling that there was more out there than you learned in school, were overwhelmed by the enormous amount of content available online, and wished someone would equip you with a way to navigate it to achieve your goals, this book is it.

    How could you not be delighted with a book that not only gives you an actionable system, but myriad examples of how the exact steps have been used by others to great effect? Seems to me Michael Ellsberg does everything short of holding your hand while you do the work of making your life succeed.

    If you're looking for a way to move forward with your goals, I highly recommend Michael Ellsberg's the Education of Millionaires, and then taking action on what you learn. Best wishes for your great success!

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Considering Higher Education??? READ THIS BOOK

    I am a huge proponent of education and attaining knowledge, but have consistently left school before achieving that special piece of paper called a Bachelor's Degree. This book gives tons of street cred to people who have excelled in business without having this particular piece of paper. It is great for ANYONE who thinks they'll be involved in the business world at any time in their life. (So, everyone who needs to make money for a living.)

    Before you invest thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars in college or grad school, read this book!! Approach your education with a strategy and a purposeful outcome. Do not get trapped paying for something that can't possibly achieve an appropriate ROI. Be Prepared!! Higher Education is a PURCHASE in a free enterprise system: BUYER BEWARE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    A must read for students, entrepreneurs, and corporate ladder climbers alike!

    The insights in this book are invaluable and make an immediate impact on the reader. I only wish someone had written this book 10 years ago. Excellent piece of work!

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Definitely worth the read!

    The how to get there is what's most evident in this book. Teach them how to fish is the best way to describe the approach of the author. All the people he mentions have tons of information and worth way more than 8 years of college.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Great!

    This makes for a beautiful addition to the four hour work week! Buy it, its well worth it!

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