Apparently I’m one of them – though I’m still working on the success bit. We’re not as rare as conventional wisdom might have you think. Most of us are somewhere in between unmotivated Cheeto-eating couchdweller and hyper-genius Steve Jobs clones.
I talked to the Successful Dropout podcast about what opting out is like – my experience in skipping college, getting a full-time startup job at 19, and developing my self-directed style of education.
You can listen to the episode now. The show’s host Kylon Gienger and I also discuss:
- Opting out/dropping out of college as a rite of passage
- How Praxis helped me get my dream job at BitPay
- How to thrive in your first startup job when you’re a scared, unskilled kid
- Bitcoin – what it is, how it works, and why it matters
- How I became a marketing/PR director at 20
- How to deal with objections and fears that come with the non-college path
- Why you shouldn’t try to be a successful person (ooh, piqued your curiosity with that one, didn’t I?)
If you want to hear more stories of successful dropouts, check out Kylon’s interviews with some of my opt-out and dropout friends:
- Ivy League dropout Zak Slayback
- Dropout and entrepreneur Tim Chermak
- College opt-out and Praxis alumna Diana Zitting
- University of Michigan dropout and startup marketer Derek Magill
Know any successful dropouts who would be a good fit for this podcast? Want to ask Kylon a question for the show? Drop him a line. This show and Kylon’s platform are playing an important part in removing the stigma around choosing the non-college path.