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A College Degree Doesn’t Guarantee Success


When it comes to education, a college diploma does not guarantee you will find success. That’s what leadership and performance adviser, James Arthur Ray has to say. A slightly terrifying concept, especially for those who are currently investing thousands of dollars and hours into schooling. Only to then be told it doesn’t guarantee anything.

Studies have shown that less than 30 percent of recent college graduates have found work in a field that is closely related to their major. What’s more, 62 percent of college graduates in the U.S. held a job that actually required a college-level degree to complete. What this says to Ray is that being in tune with your unique genius is what gets you ahead in life. 

“We should be building these teens up and helping them realize their inherit attractions and skills.”

According to news website Quartz, ‘boot camps,’ short programs, apprenticeships and other on-the-job opportunities, offer more in the way of education than a classroom ever could. “The biggest mistake you can make is believing that education is inherently tied to classrooms, rigid chairs, and standardized exams.

Ray is an award-winning life and business coach whose teachings have appeared in six internationally best-selling books and national TV programs.

In a recent interview with Ray, he shared his thoughts on leadership, sacrifice, and the pursuit of balance in one’s life.  

In your recent blog, you mentioned that the leaders of the future do the hard. Can you please elaborate on that?

Yes. The hard things are the things that take personal sacrifice. Giving up personal time and comfort, making decision based upon where he/she is going versus where they are, sleeping less and accomplishing more, going until the job is done versus when tired, and a whole host of other things. Robert Herjavec said it best, “if you want to have balance in your life, don’t start a business.” Bill Gates didn’t take one day off for 6 years while building Microsoft. This is what it takes.


Our current lifestyle has made us more prone to procrastination. Do you agree? 

Agree. Procrastination is a values conflict and lack of clarity of purpose. When you clarify these two things fully, then procrastination is minimized. Also, procrastination is the product of fear. All fear is a lack of faith.

Do you believe that everyone possesses some sort of leadership ability? 

Yes, definitely. The first step is to find your unique gifts and potential genius. Traditional schooling fails miserably in this arena and has changed little since we trained people to work in factories. Media and marketing tells you to follow the money and the market. This is a sure-fire strategy to end up empty and unfulfilled. Gallup tells us that 71% of the people surveyed are miserable in their daily work. This is the by-product of the aforementioned. As previously stated, true and effective leaders lead their one lives first. Then the sacrifices mentioned above don’t feel so much like sacrifices. You’re living your purpose and following your calling versus just having a career.

Is there really such a thing as ‘finding balance’ for effective leaders? 

In my NYT bestselling Harmonic Wealth, I described the dance that we constantly must do between the 5 key pillars of life: Financial, Relational, Mental, Physical and Spiritual. Balance is BS. These will never be balanced. But each must have some energy and focus (not always equal, but some focus of attention). When any one is completely neglected that is when we break.

How important is timing, when comes to leaders making decision? 

All leaders make quick decisions. In fact, that’s the most important job of a true leader. To make a decision with the information you have, knowing that it’s incomplete and there will most probably be adjustments. To do anything else is to get swept off the board in a Mach 10 Market.

Ray concluded the interview, with this final message for readers:

You have infinite potential locked inside you. True leadership abilities. To access these you must unplug from the Matrix of Socialized Mind and decide to live your own life first and foremost. You are not here to make friends. You’re here to make an impact.

If you would like to learn more about Ray and read some of his work, make sure to checkout his blog.



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