michael ellsberg

michael ellsberg bw

We don’t really have an education system in our country, we have a credentialing system.

If you want access to talent, to entrepreneurs, you need to change your credentialing system.

Above via listening in to Michael and Dale.

find him on wikipedia.

on his site:

michael e's site

his book – sharing the stories of millionaires – via self-directed learning:

the ed of millionaires

From ch 1:

Around two years ago, at the age of thirty-two, I came to a shocking realization.
Not one penny of how I earned my income was even slightly
related to anything I ever studied or learned in college.
I was bringing in a very solid income as a direct-response
copywriter, on a freelance schedule that many of my friends with
paychecks and bosses envied (never at my desk before 10:30 A.M.,
lots of time for Rollerblading in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in the
middle of sunny weekdays). 

We Americans are obsessed with success, and we readily snap
up books promising insight into the lives of successful people and
how to emulate them. Yet, up until now, there have been few voices
making this obvious point about success (normally only spoken
about in hush-hush tones, as if it were a dirty secret): despite sixteen years or more of schooling, most of what you’ll need to learn
to be successful you’ll have to learn on your own, outside of school,
whether you go to college or not.
I am passionately pro-education. There are few things I care
more about than reading and learning constantly.
Yet, the lives of the people proi led in this book show conclusively that education is most certainly not the same thing as academic excellence. We’ve conl ated them, at great cost to ourselves,
our children, our economy, and our culture. And, while education
is always necessary for success, pursuing academic excellence is
not in all cases.

The driving theme of the stories in this book is that, even
though you may learn many wonderful things in college, your success and happiness in life will have little to do with what you
study there or the letters after your name once you graduate. It has
to do with your drive, your initiative, your persistence, your ability
to make a contribution to other people’s lives, your ability to come
up with good ideas and pitch them to others effectively, your charisma, your ability to navigate gracefully through social and business networks (what some researchers call “practical intelligence”),
and a total, unwavering belief in your own eventual triumph, throughout all the ups and downs, no matter what the naysayers tell you.


Michael’s talk at dartmoth – may 2014:

Dropping Out of the System and Dropping Into Success

11 min – totally your choice.. the main problem.. many people at 40ish.. find out they have been asleep..

23 min – the entrepreneurship recruiters don’t come to campus – they aren’t interested in you if they have to come to you to find you.

42 min – you can bypass this collective freak out that young people are feeling right now – about getting a job, etc..


50 min – difference between analytic (institution of school) – taking things apart.. and synthetic (entrepreneurial) – putting things together

57 min – if there’s anyway you can not have a boss – i highly recommend it

1:01 – the more creative a discipline the more variance of success – the black swan

1:12 – interesting… our top of the anthill is really for 2- 50,000 dollar jobs.. because the hours you put in are huge.. not 1- 100 000 dollar job..

1:18 – each of the guys in his book – had one talent: sales

#1 thing people think to do when they get stuck in their career – go back to school get another degree. that is diminishing returns. you’re already good enough – the leverage point now is sales… (if you’re looking for free lancing) – if you’re looking for a full time job – the word is not sales – but networking)


untangled love




you are already whole.

i know you ness

about a boy ness

attachment ness


son to Daniel


This interview with my son @MichaelEllsberg makes my proud as a father.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/DanielEllsberg/status/969668921123983360

What pickup teaches young men is to view women as objects, and basically try to figure out what kind of robotic, mechanical thing you can say to play on her emotions enough to get her to want to have sex with you.

I got the message that, when you see yourself as part of a system that is wrong, you need to extract yourself from it, and do what you can to counteract it.

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