I’m at the Boston rail yard today, and right behind me is my old college dormitory. That’s where I lived as a freshman in college, and here I am now in a truck. Trucking.
Some people are like, “Jimmy, you’re such a failure at life.” Yeah, I know. And that’s the thing. I didn’t need to go to college to prove that I’m a failure at life.
I got into the transportation industry to help pay for college. And then, after I graduated, I just kept on working in the transportation industry. It hasn’t been that bad, because I paid off all my student loans, and I paid off my wife’s student loans too.
Some people ask, “Jimmy, if you could go back, would you go to college?” No. No, I wouldn’t. Not right out of high school. I think it’s wrong that a lot of people, such as the President of the United States, tells everyone that they should go to college. A lot of kids think it’s just something they have to do. But they don’t. It’s expensive. And for some people, it’s not worthwhile.
The President and the US government took over the student loan industry. So he’s kind of like a loan shark, telling people that they have to go to college, and the only way to pay for it is to get into debt.
You know, no matter what you do, whether you go to college or not, you shouldn’t take out loans to do it.
And the other thing is, people act like an education is the solution to all of life’s problems. And it’s not. I used to go to this church where the pastor always quoted (pastors are always quoting) some one or other from back in the day. He would say, “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
I didn’t take classes in college on how to steal rail yards, but here I am in one. Trucking.