If you go home with someone and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck them! – John Waters

From the goshiwon (aka tiny Korean apartment):

I was in college from 2004 to 2010. Those years, I worked 2-3 jobs to pay for it out of pocket. Trust me when I say those were NOT the best years of my life. The elders said they would be. How could they know? They never went to college!

Do I believe my time in college was a waste of time?

Yes, yes I do. Time and money was wasted.

My six years in junior college were spent learning useless garbage. I leaned five dialects of Spanish yet I lived near Mexico. I had to take statistics THREE time before I got out of math; the techniques haven’t been used since. Freshman history was taken twice because the book was too old and had very small text. Micro and Macro economics literally taught me nothing but how not to be broke; something I did on my own MANY times.

At university, I studied film history. FILM! HISTORY! What good is it when it can’t be used at a TV station? Learn how to edit? Ha! I taught myself a year before I took my first class. Camera work? Did that with the first ever streaming network in the United States. Media business? I came up with the concept of the WWE Network two years before it was mentioned! My “favorite” was video game theory. When my teacher “challenged” me on WHY a game has sound effects and its purpose, I almost walked out of the class and demanded a refund.

This isn’t to disrespect the teachers that worked with me. Most of them were good but like James Altucher said: There’s always a motive.

I used to work as a tutor in public school. The program was called AVID and our job was to babysit junior high and high school students.

Really.

Our job was to make sure students could get into college “easier”.

One day, I taught juniors and seniors how to budget their funds, how to take out a GRANT instead of a LOAN, and how to torrent books. The best thing I told them was if they were serious about college, do two years at a junior/community college FIRST before taking out a loan. One of the head teachers found out what I was doing and embarrassed me in front of our students.

She took me aside and said to me, “You can’t do that!”

I asked her why and she said, “You just can’t teach them that stuff!”

Later found out what I was doing was “discouraging them from going to college.”

I remember there was a program called “Operation: Graduation” that year. There was a heavy focus on making sure the students graduated. Whether or not it was for profit remains to be seen. The bottom line is there was a motive for them pushing it.

I believe there was a motive for not teaching these kids common sense and how the real world works.

I quit that program the following week.

A year later, I graduated university. Has what I learned in university helped me since graduating?

No.

Honestly, it DID help me get into Korea but outside of that, nothing. I went to Korea two years after graduating. When I returned home, I got a job at a TV station. For eight months, I was broke, hungry, and donating plasma.

Here I am a college graduate working three jobs at once in a city that had nothing. I had bills to pay and I could barely afford my necessities. I had to borrow money from my parents.

That month was a life changer for me.

I discovered books on self-help, business and autobiographies. When I started reading those three genres I felt something in me I never felt before: purpose.

I felt a purpose to do better personally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Since that month, I forced myself to read books on growth.

In 2016, I read 25 books. Those books revealed to me what I was doing wrong in my life. Experimenting with what I read and getting the experience helped me understand why things worked the way they did.

I’ve read novels in the past but I never embraced them; I took them for granted. Today, I take notes on what I read. I experiment with them. I have a relationship with my teachings. The books I read forced me to challenge my old way of thinking.

The experiences I had gave me an opportunity to learn so I can not only do better but to share them with others. In a time where facts hurts feelings, i’m glad books and living my life with audacity helped me grow.

If you’re reading this and you’re getting your degree in STEM, law, or medical degree, STAY! We need people in those fields! If you’re learning a trade, STAY! We need folks that know trade skills.

If anyone feels the need to get a degree in anything else, please seriously look into it carefully before signing any papers.

 

My partial book list. 

Question: What books have you read that changed your life? Did you have an experience based on what you read? Leave a comment below!

Peace and love!
Shaun

P.S.
Here’s a list of what i’ve read with links:

American Nightmare by Randall Sanborn Fields
Hi! My Name Is Loco and I’m A Racist! by Baye Mcneil
MAGA Mindset by Mike Cernovich
New World Ronin by Victor Pride
Who Owns The Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert & Gary Schoniger
The Education Of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg
Influence and Pre-suasion by Robert B. Cialdini
The Will To Keep Winning by Daigo Umehara
Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich
Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
Black Lies Matters by Taleeb Starkes
Choose Yourself and Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher
It’s Over 9000 by Derek Padula (read my review here)
32 Shards of Thought by Denzel Bryant
This Book Will Teach you To Write Better by Neville Medhora
Poke The Box by Seth Godin
Rework by Jason Fried
Presence by Amy Cuddy
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
The School Of Greatness by Lewis Howes
Sun Tzu: Strategies For Selling by Gerald Michaelson and Steven Michaelson
House Of Lies by Martin Kihn
Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss