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This review is from: The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won't Learn in College About How to Be Successful (Kindle Edition)
I first heard of Ellsberg via Tim Ferriss' blog the `Four Hour Blog' where he wrote a guest post titled `8 Steps to Getting What You Want... Without Formal Credentials`. This post caught my attention as I don't actually possess `Formal Credentials' but I have learnt tons through on the job training and self education. What could this book teach me?
Ellsberg's post '8 Steps to Getting What You Want... Without Formal Credentials' prompted me to buy his new book and I'm glad I did. Ellsberg has gone out and done a lot of hard work and research so we don't have to.
This inspiring guy has managed to contact some of the most successful and richest men and woman in the world and interview them (Including Sean Parker of Napster & Facebook fame), and guess what? All them dropped out or did not go to college. These successful people have passed on words of wisdom to Ellsberg which he has presented to us in his fantastic book.
"If your gut tells you that investing in your own continued learning informally would be the most effective for you, then don't let the salesmen of formal credentials scare you out of it. The other option, of course, is to spend years of your life in an undergraduate or graduate program, dropping major cash on tuition, incurring foregone earnings, and going into massive debt in order to rack up ever-more formal credentials, so you can "compete" with millions of others getting the exact same credential each year" - From the 8 Steps Blog Post
The Main Message:
The main message in this book is `You don't need to get thousands of Pounds/Dollars/Yen or Euros into debt by going to college or university, to learn something you'll probably never need for your career and to become successful in life'. Ellsberg does point out that `Education' is in fact extremely important to move yourself up the ladder of success, but you don't need letters after your name to do it.
"Education is still necessary to learn how to do the great work that gets you paid" - Michael Ellsberg
What will You learn?
Some of the things you'll learn about in this book are the powerful tools that Ellsberg calls `Success Skills' such as:
How to find meaning in the work you do
Networking & Mentors (Tim Ferriss points out, if you lost everything in life then your `Net-Worth is linked directly to your Net-Work'.
Marketing - It's not all that fluffy
Sales - A totally new approach
How to invest in your own success
How to create `Brand You'
How to banish your `Employee Mindset' and create a `Entrepreneurial Mindset' - Even in your own job.
Ellsberg expresses the importance of these and gives you tasters throughout, however he makes sure you understand that you have to take responsibility for your own `Self Education' and he helpfully tells you where to find excellent resources in all these areas. One which I went out and bought was `SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham'.
This book is a `How To' for you and me to get moving with our business plans and careers. And yes, sales is a major part so if sales terrifies you, then this will change the way you perceive sales forever and will help you understand why it's a major component to your success.
How much are you willing to invest in you? The value of this book is probably a couple of grand in personal consulting fees from Michael Ellsberg alone and we get it for £12. Do I really have to tell you to purchase this Gem of a book?