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THE CRAIGSLIST TEST OF THE VALUE OF A BA
(or, Why Practical Intelligence Almost Always Beats Academic Intelligence)
You’ve been ed a lie. The lie is that i you study hard in school, getgood grades, get into a good college, and get a degree, then your suc-cess in lie is guaranteed.This might have been true fty years ago. But it is no longertrue today.I you want to succeed now, then you must also educate your-sel in the real-world skills, capabilities, and mind-sets that willget you ahead outside o the classroom. This is true whether you’ve been to college or not.This book shows you the way.
A thirty-seven-year-old Harvard MBA
and a twentysomethingcollege dropout, the latter a ew credits shy o a flm and theaterdegree rom USC, are sitting across rom each other in a job inter-view. The MBA is wearing a crisply pressed three-piece suit with ayellow tie. The twentysomething is wearing jeans and a pulloversweatshirt, with no shirt underneath. The twentysomething is un-shaven, and the state o his hair suggests that not much groominghad occurred between his departure rom bed that morning andthis interview.The interview is going very, very poorly. The interviewer isentirely unimpressed with the academic background the inter-