604: Countering Costly College Propaganda, With Seth Hymes

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Today the college degree had such an allure that some successful (and presumably smart) people are willing to risk felony charges to help their children access it. Sure, there are prestigious school names that might open additional doors, but the pervasive college religion is mostly built on propaganda. Seth Hymes is a business & entrepreneur coach, a digital marketer, and a filmmaker. Twenty years ago he graduated from the famed NYU Film School and discovered it had adequately prepared him for a volatile career in America's rapidly expanding service industry. Eventually Seth embraced self-directed education and acquired a set of skills that consistently earn him a yearly six-figure salary, providing him tremendous professional satisfaction and security. Through this process, he became a passionate advocate for opting out of college; he produced a very thorough free resource simply called Skip College For Success. In addition to exposing college propaganda, it also provides an introduction to how to actually make money (without a degree) and to how young people can start living life on their own terms. Seth has also organized his professional and life lessons to teach young people how to get jobs in digital marketing without a college degree or any experience. His course has enabled many of his students to skip or drop out of college. You can see their stories on Seth's Instagram @thesethjared. Seth and I connected recently and I quickly realized that his work is well-aligned with our mission at School Sucks Project. This is the first of many conversations, but in this introduction we'll discuss the following topics: 1. Skip College For Success - what motivated Seth to create this free course - why college is failing so many young people - misleading data about college and why it is being spread - most compelling facts about why college isn't worth it - credential inflation - counseling people who are dealing with social or family pressures to go - the "skip college" strategy for people ages 15-23 2. High Income Skills - Seth's Digital Marketing Career Blueprint - why he chose to focus on this high income skill - training for a career instead of a degree - what do Seth's students frequently disclose about their prior college experience? 3. Foundational Mindset - why prioritize self-development over critical thinking? - anyone can be an autodidact? - why knowledge is not always power I'm also happy to announce that Seth's Digital Marketing Career Blueprint is the first addition to a School Sucks Project library of courses on high-income skills. If you're interested in learning more please help us out by following this link: Digital Marketing Career Blueprint

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