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Fire the tutors! Skip grad school!

Three recent great pieces of unconventional and Ballsy advice...

(1) From Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard's "About that first job" piece (whole thing's worth reading)

A few years ago a neighbor's kid was struggling in high school, despite an IQ score in the nosebleed zone. His passions were golf and basketball. "Fire the tutors," I told his mother. "Buy him subscriptions to Sports Illustrated and Golf magazines." She did. The boy was awakened. Now he works for Lehman Brothers in London.

(2) From the newsletter of Karen Salmansohn, the renegade writer/designer and author of the new book Ballsy: 99 Ways to Grow A Bigger Pair And Score Extreme Business Success,

You don’t need advanced degrees. If you really have a passion about something, you can learn to do it. Just throw yourself into the field you love and do your craft regularly. Be careful about graduate school. It can be a big a money hole – and procrastination technique.

(3) From an interview with Charles Murray, author of a new book that proposes the U.S. government give a $10,000 yearly grant to all Americans (who are not in jail) when they turn 21:

NationalReview's Kathryn Jean Lopez: Under your plan, recent college grads would have incentive to bum around, wouldn’t they? The government would give them money to do nothing. Get a couple of bums with some guaranteed income and you’ve got a government disincentive to be productive, don’t you?

Murray: I think it would be a great boon to the maturity of our new college grads, and save many innocent people from going to law school, if more of them took a few years after college and did something besides heading straight to grad school or throwing themselves into their careers. I’m not worried about this particular form of work disincentive in the Plan. Playing gets old awfully fast. So does living on $10,000 a year.

I think Murray's plan needs an addendum: that somehow the government prevents parents from pushing their kids into grad school, because that $10,000 grant, alone, ain't gonna do the job.

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 18 July 2006