Get Baptized in Failure

James Altucher writes some hilarious, thoughtful articles on “Why I’ll Never Own a Home Again” and “Don’t Send Your Kids to College.”

This gem appears in his article, “Eight Alternatives to College,” in which he recommends (among other things) that 18-23 year olds try starting a business and learning from their experiences:

Failure is a part of life. Better to learn it at 18 than at 23 or older when you’ve been coddled by ivory blankets and hypnotized into thinking success was yours for the taking. Get baptized in the river of failure as a youth so you can blossom in entrepreneurial blessings as an adult.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

4 Responses to Get Baptized in Failure

  1. paulawhidden says:

    Valid point here. We will face failure at some point, if we figure out how to deal better, we’ll bounce back faster. It’s like learning to ski (or perhaps that shows my age, I should say snowboard). One of the first lessons is on how to fall properly and not hurt yourself. Our kids have to know how to fall properly, the sooner the better.

    • B Treece says:


      Thanks for the comment and illustration. Great point about teaching children how to fall – why not young adults?

      I loved Altucher’s other suggestions – making art, traveling to a third-world country, learning a particular game very well, write a book, work in a charity – and I would only add one – going on mission with Jesus.

      You reminded me – I need to teach my kids how to fall.

      Thanks again,


  2. Jeff Silvey says:

    Nice thought, and not a bad idea. However, that would take a lot of resources and support. I mean, we can’t all be Mark Zuckerberg or Kevin Rose.

    • B Treece says:


      Thanks for reading and writing back.

      Yeah, that’s agreed about needing resources and support. I think Altucher is saying that instead of paying $100K to send your young adult to 4+ years of college, why not pay a fraction of that to get them involved in something immediately that can positively affect their life?

      He argues that making art, traveling, writing, starting a business, volunteering, or learning a game or sport can ultimately be more valuable, interesting, and time-and-cost-effective than going to college.

      Having been to 10.5 years of college and graduate school, I’d have to agree.


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