Wealth isn't paper: it's stuff people value enough to give up free time to work for. Even more, people that create wealth don't do it simply by wanting it, but by actualizing it--without nagging (or government subsidies).
Gary North writes in one of his weekly tips on "How You Can Earn a Bachelor's Degree from an Accredited College in 3 Years for Under $15,000":
I encourage you in your efforts to improve your skills. But the power of the Day Timer and the Palm Pilot to increase Americans' productivity tells us that it is not our skill sets that are our personal key to success; it is our ability to meet deadlines without letting things fall through the cracks.
This is why a college education really does pay off. College removes external nagging, which still exists in high school. College leaves the student on his own. If he survives this last test -- deadlines without nagging -- he is ready for adulthood.
Businesses hire college graduates, not because of their skill sets, but because of their ability to survive an inefficient bureaucratic system that imparts little formal knowledge that is as important as the ability to meet deadlines without being nagged. College is the first nagging-free environment for about one-third of Americans. Half of them don't graduate.You can sign up for Gary North's tip of the week at http://garynorth.com/.