What I Learnt by NOT going to University

- October 10, 2012 2 MIN READ


Let me start by saying the following; university is one the best places for higher learning and I have immense respect for those who go to university with a purpose to achieve great things and of  course those who take up the important jobs in our society that keep us all going forward.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me rant. University is detrimental to entrepreneurship. I honestly find the idea of going to “study” and “learn” entrepreneurship at university is a big wanky joke. The very essence of the word Entrepreneur is to take a risk, going to Uni is one of the SAFEST things you can do. You cannot put a STRUCTURE around entrepreneurship. It is a creative form just as much as art or music. If you want to start a company one day and have your own business then fucking go do it, don’t go pay fees to learn from professors and waste some of your most valuable years. Starting a business on your own when you’re young is the BEST way to learn. Your youth will help you so so so much.

Who the f*** am i to be saying all this? There’s a good chance I look like I’m speaking from a pedestal with a grudge against universities (and perhaps I am as a good friend says it’s like I’ve got something to prove), but I do say this from a learned perspective after having revolved full-time in this entrepreneur community for more than 2 years now. Why is university unnecessary for the hungry entrepreneur? Simple, you need only two things to succeed and neither come from uni; a vision and plenty of drive. Everything else comes along the journey as long as you don’t give up, simple.

Two years ago I’d never heard of the following terms or areas;

  • Startups
  • Venture capital/angels
  • Ux/Ui
  • WordPress
  • Subcom
  • Networking

However I did have plenty of vision and drive. Learning all the essentials of how to do everything along the way happened through trial and error. Now I am blessed to be only 21 and yet on the cutting edge of so many different industries. How do I know I’m on the cutting edge? I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’ve been to university. It’s not what you think though, I go for research purposes. I’ve been probably 10 times in the past 2 years with friends and sat with them in their lectures. And seriously, if that’s the stuff their teaching in lectures, then it’s no wonder post-grads have such a sh*tfight finding a job, they’re not up to date with what’s happening today.

I invite open criticism of these outrageous views.