The Fine Line Between Poetry and Truth

As a writer, it's easy to fall in love with the words. They have such beauty to them, after all. Such form. When you say them, they sound musical. When you write them down, they grace the page. It's like magic; the results are like a drug. They make you giddy. Your writing is not matter-of-fact; it's art. You are not mere scribe, but poet. Many writers have fallen into an endless love affair with…

Do Things that Challenge the Way You See

 When I first moved to Charleston, I decided I wanted to learn how to paint. There's something so creatively inspiring about this place -- the sunshine, the novelty of the palm trees mixed with the mire of the pluff mud. The colors of the houses on Rainbow Row -- and all throughout Charleston, really. It's such a beautiful town. It's also full of artists. I saw their work on Instagram before I came, and studied…

How to be Successful Without a College Degree

I recently came across the following question: "How can you be successful without a college degree?" This is one of my favorite topics — and the answer is much simpler than we're often led to think. You become successful without a college degree the same way you’d become successful with a college degree — by building skills, building a portfolio that showcases the ways you use those skills to create things of value to other people, and…

Quora Answer: What are the Benefits of Not Going to College?

There are a variety of benefits to not going to college. College is an expenditure of a number of resources — time, energy, money, etc. If you aren’t using those on college, you can be spending them elsewhere — namely, on something that’s in more direct alignment with your goals. A few tangible, easy-to-measure benefits: You save money. Even if you’re working with scholarships, college is expensive; $20,000-$60,000/year is a steep price to pay as…

How to (and How Not to) Measure Value in Opportunities

My colleague T.K. Coleman says "If you want to be a developer at Google, don't go be a developer for another company. Build your development portfolio on the side and do anything you can to get in with Google, even if it means sweeping the floors." There are two reasons why this is a valuable approach to take: It allows you to build relationships within the company. People hire and promote people they know and…

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