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“A college degree is like a ticket into a club of people who tried hard enough. Corporate America recognizes that it is sufficient, and in a way it displays that you’re smart enough. In my opinion, I think school is only part of the equation. You can get a piece of paper that says that somebody else thinks you’re smart, but does it really mean that much? What means more, from what I can tell, is showing initiative in everything you do. What is going to get you far in your career? To advance, you need to have a mindset that asks, “What does the five-year-from-now version of me want to be doing at this very moment?” and then live through that.”