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  • Mon, Mar 12, 2012 - 03:32am

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    capesurvivor

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Lots of good perspectives here, I’ll give you one more. My son developed a serious chronic physical illness in high school that caused him to become pretty pragmatic and develop a low BS tolerance. He went a year each to two different universities, became president of the entrepreneur club of the second one, then dropped out. He did so by coming to my wife and I with a business plan to open a personal fitness center with a unique orientation, for which he had obtained training. We gave him the remainder of his college money to buy equipment and rent the place. It was a difficult decision for my wife, who has two master’s degrees, but a no-brainer for me, and I have a doctorate, because I realized our son wanted to be an entrepreneur and never work for anyone else. He made a success of the business for three years, sold it, crossed the country to CA, land of the entrepreneurs, starved for a while, and now makes six figures in a company he started with several other entrepreneurs he met. The lesson I would take from this is, don’t leave college unless you have the personality and inclination to be an entrepreneur, want to learn a specific vocational skill, or will work hard enough to be in the top 5% of your profession when you graduate. My son is a great reader, though he buys his books and I get mine from the library, LOL. While I think exposure to a few other academic areas might have been good for him, it wasn’t in the cards and we both will do ok without that happening.

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