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In college? Starting a Business Later? Learn Accounting and Sales.

Question from a reader --

"Hello, you don't know me of course, but I've been reading your posts for a while and it kinda makes me do greater things than I usually do (well mostly it makes me "wanna" do greater things but there has been noticeable improvement). But let me cut to the chase. I'm a relatively decent economics student from Croatia, but my problem is the college isn't really teaching me anything practical so when I leave the said institution in two years I'll be left with no definitive skill with real application in the current economic state, or any economic state I'm afraid. With this as my base http://sebastianmarshall.com/my-best-guess-as-to-what-an-aspiring-artist-should-do (as I'm also a photographer), and my usual voracious reading appetite, is there anything more you can recommend to someone who would like to one day start his own business, like books ,specific areas and skill sets to develop? The stuff I'm already working on is programming, social skills and developing a hard-working mindset (or maybe its smart-working) that my current social group/peers/family lack. Thanks, M"

Seems like you're on the right track with the learning. Here's two recommendations --

1. Accounting2. Sales

First, accounting is the most useful course to take at university if you want to run your own company.

Six Ways to Be Benefically Weird Today

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I was talking with Ramit Sethi the other day, and he said something interesting. He told me that his obsession wasn't necessarily personal finance, but rather how to actually get people to take action and make changes. We talked about the similarities between pick up and personal finance. Telling someone that they can get better with girls is easy; getting them to do something about it is hard. Giving people tips to save money is easy; getting them to actually do it is a lot harder.

I like to explore different ways to do things and pick the best one, no matter where it falls on the normal - weird scale. The best way to do most things tends to be somewhere on the weird end. I have theories on why that is, but I'll get into that another time.

So, in the spirit of trying to get people to actually take action, I have a challenge for you. I'm going to share with you seven out of the box things to do that have had a positive influence on my life. Pick one (or more) and give it a shot. If you write about it publicly, I'll link to you.

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