Is College Worth It? Use The Tony Hawk Method To Find Out

Should you go to college? Is it a worthwhile investment? How the heck can Tony Hawk help you answer those questions?

In this video, I’ll show you exactly how.

People have lots of fun arguing these questions – they do research, pull together lots of data, and become disembodied heads on NBC while they discuss it.

As a teenager, I spent most of my time outside of a school on my skateboard, trying to successfully kickflip off curbs or do spine transfers at the local skate park without breaking my tailbone. I was oblivious to all of these arguments.

When I wasn’t skateboarding, you could probably find me with a PS2 controller in my hand, playing the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. Underground was probably my favorite, though I also loved THPS 2 and 3 as well.

I’d spend hours playing with my brother and my cousin, stringing together combos of fastplants, variable kickflips, impossibles, nosegrabs, and precarious manuals to hold them all together.

Little did I know, the answer to my question may have been hidden there the whole time…

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Video Notes

In this video, I mention three books. If you’re interested, here they are:

  • The Four-Hour Workweek – a book primarily about building automated businesses less focused on rapid growth and more on giving you control over your lifestyle. This was one of my main inspirations for starting College Info Geek. My friend Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness has said the same thing.
  • Hacking Your Education – a book that shows you how you can build a remarkable education on your own, written by Dale J. Stephens, who founded UnCollege and was a Thiel Fellow.
  • The Personal MBA – a compact, comprehensive introduction to pretty much every major concept in business. This book is on my Essential Books for Students list, so I highly recommend it no matter what you’re doing with your life.

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Thomas Frank is the geek behind College Info Geek. After paying off $14K in student loans before graduating, landing jobs and internships, starting a successful business, and travelling the globe, he's now on a mission to help you build a remarkable college experience as well. Get the Newsletter | Twitter | Instagram

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