sprottmoney.com / By Jeff Thomas / January 6, 2017
Back in the ‘60’s, an interviewer asked the “King of Folk Music”, Bob Dylan what his goal in life was. Bob answered something to the effect of,
“I want to make enough money to go to college, so one day I can be somebody.”
Bob had a good sense of irony. And certainly, he was always more inclined to think outside the box than to follow the well-trodden path. That was part of what made him so interesting and part of what made him so successful. A similar sentiment was expressed in a song by his peer, Paul Simon:
“When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.”
In those days, just like today, the customary idea of success was that you attended university for a number of years, you received a degree, then you would be given a job where you could wear a necktie and receive a salary that had an extra zero behind it.
Then, as now, that’s quite true for anyone who seeks a career in engineering, medicine, law, etc., but less so for virtually everyone else. Those who pursue a degree in Gender Studies or 18 th Century French Literature are likely to find that, after they graduate, they’ve learned little or nothing that translates into potential income.