Monthly Archive for February, 2015

Is your education worth half a million dollars?

First of all, let me share my biases with you right upfront:

  • I am not a parent
  • I have 5 university degrees
  • I have invested over $150,000 in my formal and informal education
  • I have read over 1,000 business books and over 5,000 academic and journal articles

With all that, I also can tell you that parents like to over-spend on their children’s education, just like people prefer to spend thousands on diamonds when artificial diamonds cost a fraction of the price and THE NAKED EYE CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE!

A recent blog post on the costs of Australian Education brings this point home…

I see it all the time – with a $29 product to help students get the best grades with the least amount of effort – people won’t make the investment even if it’s only $29… But they spend TENS OF THOUSANDS for tuition, accommodation, etc.

Go figure…

I know what this does to parents. I have them as business clients. They have to earn $2 for every $1 they spend on their kids’ education. That means for each child, that’s +/- a million bucks/child. Frankly put, that’s mostly money flushed down the toilet. But of course you can’t tell a parent “junior’” is not the next Einstein…

So there you have it – the raw, unedited reality. Education is like any other investment – it deserves a proper Return On Investment (ROI) calculation.

ClickBank Products

My book “Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort” is one of the top selling educational products on ClickBank.

I recently realised that not everyone knows what ClickBank is and what that actually means… So I had my graphic designer put this together to summarise it in one “infographic”.

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Improve Your Vocabulary In Any Language

This blog focuses on the general theme of getting the best grades with the least amount of effort.

One of the most frequent questions is how you can increase your vocabulary and improve sentence structure … especially in a second language.

1. Read a variety of books, magazines, articles, newspapers & stories.

Feed your brain, get it used to seeing different sentences, and a lot of text – in your chosen language. Don’t worry if most of the words appear as gibberish, soon, you’ll start to detect patterns and common phrases.

2. Often, learning is done by OSMOSIS

Here’s an example of OSMOSIS.

A friend didn’t have an accounting degree from a university. However, he worked as a costing clerk. His cubicle was in the finance department, not the accounting department.

Accounting is the collection and recording of information on all financial transactions of an entity, reporting the results of those transactions and interpreting those results. Accountin also includes the design and implementation of accounting controls to minimize errors, safeguard assets, and prevent fraud.

Finance is the function of managing the financial operations of an entity, including decisions on methods of obtaining capital, evaluating the acquisition of assets, investing idle cash, managing financial investments, collecting money from customers, paying bills and payrolls, etc. The finance function depends on the information produced by the accounting function.

There were usually between 5 and 20 accountants within the same department.

They all had different levels of accounting designations.

After more than 8 years of working alongside accountants, asking questions, participating in meetings, most of what I know about costing he learned by osmosis.

3. Write, write, write!

The more you write (and re-write your sentences) the better you will be able to communicate with others, now and throughout your academic and professional career.

Most people are challenged when it comes to communicating in writing. I see it all the time with my business clients. If you are in high school or university, this is the time you need to apply yourself.

Not being abule to right goodly its enbarrassing to say the leest.

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