I just watched the below video interview of entrepreneur David Gilmour, founder of Fiji Water. He talks about his father giving him a choice at the age of 16. I’ll pay for you to travel on $10 per day, by yourself, every summer until age 25. Or, don’t, and at age 25 I’ll stake you with some money to start a small business. Gilmour chose to travel and explains how those experiences shaped him.
This clever travel plan fits perfectly with the advice I provide in “Don’t Go to College” in that real-world experience is incredibly valuable. Instead of racking up debt in college, travel on $10 per day and gain knowledge you simply can’t find in a class room. Many of the most successful and interesting people I’ve met have all done extensive travelling, mostly on shoe string budgets.
The above video is a good one for anyone interested in what it takes to be an entrepreneur.