I just learned it is a Felony now (or soon will be) to obtain a “promotion, position or advancement” in the state of Texas via a fraudulent or misleading degree. I can’t wait to see what this looks like in writing.
I don’t have a degree. My excuse is that I’ve been too busy, but I know it’s a lame excuse. When I was 18 I joined the Navy and served my country. At 24 I started my first business. I got derailed (heh!) for some time getting married and raising kids – but at 44 I started 5 businesses.
In 1986 my partner and I sold our first business for 30x what we spent on it. It was successful. Of the five businesses I started last year, 4 are still in business, and one is making money (another is close to break even).
I’ve managed millions in annual budgets and managed dozens of employees.
But I don’t have a degree. Sure, I could have bought one (still could, I guess). But that’s exactly why I like this new law. It puts me on a more even playing field with others who just bought a degree. From here out it will be a lot harder to lie about your purchased “degree”. vs. an “earned” degree. And since I never pursued one in the first place, this doesn’t hurt me any.
Don’t get me wrong – not getting a degree is one of the biggest regrets I have in life – but I wouldn’t get a fake one. That is kind of like taking your cousin to the Prom. Sure, you have a date, but it’s just window dressing! I’ve never had a desire to get a degree, but I have had a desire to HAVE a degree. I think it’s important just like make-up, clean clothes and a shower are important. They all give you a “leg up”.
In fact, one of my kids will be the first on my side of the family (my ex had a Master’s Degree – I know – I worked the whole time she was in school!) to go to college. I know that may be hard to believe, but it’s true. I come from a blue-collar family. A lot of Military tradition thrown in here as well, but mostly just honest hard-working folk.
I never had time for college – just like I don’t have a lot of time for sleep, or eating, or cleaning. There is SO MUCH TO DO – so much to learn. I always thought I was spending my time more wisely by READING than doing anything else – and I know that is still true.
Do I wish I had a degree? Hell yes. Would I feel good today if I had spent four years chasing that degree? No way. I would not have had to learn things I had to learn – like MAKING MONEY and paying bills, and programming computers (yes, this was self taught by books as well). I learned on my own, through books, because that was the only real option I had.
Almost everything I know I have learned from reading – and generally from reading things *I* wanted to read.
So if I could choose that my children either love to read, or they get a degree, which do you think I would choose?