Early last week, I had the privilege of sitting down for dinner with Robert Kiyosaki and his wife Kim.
Now, if you've never read any of their books, I highly recommend you go check them out, especially Robert's first book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad changed everything for me.
When I first read it over 15-years ago, it crystallized everything that I had been feeling deep down... but hadn't been able to articulate into concrete thought or action.
Suddenly everything made so much sense. It was like the missing link-- the final piece of the puzzle that I needed.
And spending time with Robert and Kim last week was a great opportunity to thank them for having such a significant influence on my life.
As we spoke over dinner, the topic turned to the importance of education. And no, not conventional 'pay $100,000 for a piece of paper' education. REAL education. How the world actually works.
Robert wrote about this in his first book: the entire paradigm of 'study hard, go to a good school, get a good job, and work your way up the ladder' is totally defunct.
Children go to state-controlled schools seldom learning any real skills about business or finance. And they're specifically discouraged from questioning authority or the world around them.
Instead they learn to be good little citizens and subordinate themselves to the state... to follow the rules and happily comply when government bureaucrats regulate every aspect of our lives.
This system further pushes young people to indebt themselves to the tune of $100,000 or more for a university piece of paper that will take them up to 25 YEARS of indentured servitude to pay off.
You'll then spend your entire working life toiling away in a declining economy paying increasing taxes into a system that won't be there when it comes time for you to collect.
Social Security and pension funds will run out LONG before you reach retirement age.
Bottom line, if you are under the age of 30 in particular, you are the ultimate dairy cow for your government-- an asset to be milked... then abandoned when you are no longer of use.
But here's the real irony: while all of this may sound gloomy, we are living in a time of extraordinary opportunity... at least for those who can embrace change.
The old ways of doing things are finished... and people chained to the past will be dragged down with it.
Take Eastman Kodak for example, which was once one of the largest companies in the world. But it went bust because it failed to adapt to the digital age.
Thanks to modern technology, we no longer need to live and work in our country of citizenship.
We now have relationships with people on the other side of the planet that in many cases we've never met in person. Complete strangers fall in love now over the Internet before they've ever had a first kiss.
It's now possible to have customers and employees in other countries, or collaberate on shared tasks with co-workers and partners who live seven time zones away.
The entire world is open and available; self-employed professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs can now make money ANYWHERE.
Yes... to people who are properly educated and equipped with the right mindset, this is an incredibly exciting time to be alive, full of amazing opportunities.
Now, the conventional education system is designed to keep people down... to keep people afraid, ignorant of the world, and skeptical of anything they didn't learn in school or see on TV.
That's why, for the past six years, my colleagues and I have been trying to fix the 'real education' deficit.
Every summer we hold a free, intensive workshop called the Blacksmith Liberty and Entrepreneurship Camp; it's specifically for young people (generally between the ages of 18 and 30).
I bring in some of the most successful business executives and entrepreneurs I know, and we spend five days mentoring students about freedom, business, and entrepreneurship.
Perhaps even more importantly, students who attend our camp often become the closest of friends.
They encourage one another. They give advice and support. And in many cases, they go on to start businesses together.
This is powerful stuff, especially for motivated young people looking to join an influential network AND gain practical knowledge from ultra-successful entrepreneurs.
If I didn't mention already, it's free. There's no charge for students to attend.
But you do need to apply. We receive applications from hundreds of prospective students each year from all over the world. And we only have a few dozen slots available.
The application deadline is coming up: March 31st.
So if you're looking for something that could be potentially life-changing, or you know someone who could benefit from this, definitely learn more about it from our website, SovereignAcademy.org.