OK, so you go take care of your daily routine on the toilet, and when you are finished you realize that you have a problem. There is something wrong with the toilet, it won’t flush. Maybe it overflows. Whatever the problem is, are you going to call your lawyer? Your Banker? How about a computer engineer? I doubt that you’ll call any of those guys. But, unless you are a real handyman, I bet you are going to call a plumber. When you have problems with your car, it’s the mechanic that you will call, not a brain surgeon or a dermatologist, right?
Well, since around the time that I graduated from High School, 1980, we have kind of made it a goal to send almost every kid to college. I can remember when I was younger, we had trade schools. Not every kid needs to go to college, they can go to trade school, learn a trade and be successful in life with that.
I am sure there are still a few trade schools out there, but the number has certainly declined greatly during my lifetime. Truth is a lot of things that college teaches these days could be handled in trade school too. For example, I believe that things like the computer could be a trade school curriculum.
I went to college for a little over 2 years, almost 3 years. I never completed my degree. To be honest, I feel that I have had a lot of success despite my lack of a college degree. What I found was that it just was not for me. I was bored with college. I spent too much time partying instead of studying as I should have. However, the lack of a degree has never held me back from getting a job that I wanted. I have gotten every job that I have ever really tried to get. Now, I will admit that there have been times that I had to start out with a little lower level job than I would have preferred, but within a few months, I moved up to the job where I thought I should be, or even beyond that.
About 5 or 6 months ago, I wrote an article about Mike Rowe and a position that he came out with saying that not every kid needs a college degree. I could not agree more with Mike. He is right on the spot. There are so many jobs that need to be filled that don’t require a college degree. Not every kid is fit to be a doctor, an attorney or a banker. They can’t all be stock traders or engineers. We need all of those people, but we also need plumbers, mechanics, technicians and such. There is nothing at all shameful about taking on a trade. Working is an honorable thing, and different jobs fit each of us. I admit it, I would be a terrible carpenter or plumber. I don’t work well with my hands. I get frustrated and give up, because I am a perfectionist, and don’t do those types of jobs to the standards that I demand of myself.
For the past 20 years or so, I have been self-employed. When I left college back in the early ’80s, people told me that I would regret doing it. Know what? I can’t think of a single time that I have regretted making that decision. In fact, there have been times when I regretted that I didn’t leave college sooner than I did, and get on with life.
Do you want to be a carpenter? Do you have a child who wants to make furniture or cut glass? Nothing wrong with those things. What matters is that we are happy with what we do, and enjoy our life. Making money is secondary because if we do what makes us happy, the money will be there.