While Altucher himself went to a Ivy League school, Cornell University, he tells Torabi that his computer science degree "was a waste. … I put in my 10,000 hours of programming, went to graduate school [at Carnegie Mellon] for computer science and put in probably another 10,000 hours."
Rather than getting degrees, young people should focus on getting skills, he says, which you can learn online, by going to the library and reading books or simply once you enter the workforce. "I have employees: They're experts on writing, finance, sales, the latest internet marketing, all of these things that are not taught in college at all because a lot of the skills were actually created yesterday and they have to keep up with them on a daily basis," he says. "What they're good at is learning what was created yesterday, and you build that on the job."
While Altucher says to focus on picking up skills, Cardone suggests a different hack. He advises young people to establish relationships with "the power players," he tells CNBC Make It. "The old adage is: It's not what you know. It's who you know. That's still true today."
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