There’s an article entitled “75 reasons you don’t need an Ivy League degree” by Lynn O’Shaughnessy on “CBS Money Watch” that we’d like to discuss a little bit. So what are Ms. O’Shaughnessy’s 75 reasons why you don’t need an Ivy League credential to succeed? She cites 75 people who grew up to be quite successful — who didn’t attend one of the Ancient Eight universities. We don’t think she’s kidding. We think she’s being very serious in her article. But seriously? Oy vey.
We suspect Ms. O’Shaghnessy would be hard-pressed to find someone who tells her that you absolutely need a degree from an Ivy League school to succeed. Folks aren’t naive enough to think that there are no highly successful people in this world who didn’t attend Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Penn, or Cornell. Of course there are! Rocket scientists can very well graduate from MIT or Bowdoin College. Or the University of North Carolina! Heck, a rocket scientist can graduate from DeVry. It’s just not very likely to happen. Rocket scientists are much more likely to graduate from Harvard than they are DeVry. It’s just simple math.
And who are the 75 people O’Shaughnessy names? Bob Dylan from the University of Minnesota. Do people really think that a great singer needs to go to an Ivy League school to succeed? No! Who thinks that? Who else does she name? Savannah Guthrie, Brian Williams, Harrison Ford, Jerry Seinfeld, James Cameron, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, and Tim Russert. The vast majority of the list includes names from the entertainment industry. At Ivy Coach, we are not under the impression that people around the world believe you need to go to an Ivy League college to find success in Hollywood. Is Ms. O’Shaghnessy under this impression?
The fact is that you don’t need an Ivy League credential to succeed in life. But it sure does help make it easier for you along the way!