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What controversial advice have people given to their children?
By the time I was in high school, when all the other kids were obsessing over whether to party at UCLA for 4 years or actually try to learn something at Notre Dame, I didn’t even think about college.
As such, my grades sucked because I didn’t care about trying to impress anybody. I already knew I was smart enough and basically coasted through my last 3-and-a-half years of school.
I never felt the intense pressure that plagued many of my classmates who were worried about getting into a good college. I graduated in the bottom 50 percent of my class and I don’t regret it.
It drove my high school counselor nuts. He could not fathom why I wouldn’t want to go to college, because college equals a good job, and a good job equals nice cars and a nice house.
Did I make a mistake? Well let me put it this way: I’m training my 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old boy not to go to college. And I’m telling them if they want to go, they’ll have to pay their own way.
I’m also telling them how to make a living with nothing more than their own brains, a notebook and a pencil, just like their daddy. I never struggled with student debt. I’m not encumbered by a soul-sucking “job.” I don’t have to worry about the rat race and my wife doesn’t have to work. I’d call that a success.
And for that, I cannot thank my parents enough.
Ross Trittipo is a sales copy writer. Read more from Quora below: