Rage Against Credentials

I hate credentials.

I hate the formality and the letters and the sense of eliteness.

I hate how they are arbitrary and often irrelevant measures of skill and effectiveness.

I hate that they’re cultural markers: “do you know how to talk like us?”

I hate how the institutions granting credentials have power.

I hate that more and more jobs require credentials.


Taking the bar makes you a good lawyer? I call bullsh*t.

Passing the four CPA exams makes you an “official” accountant? Bullsh*t squared.

99% of the CPAs in the world never do anything that legally requires the credential.


If you’re in a position to make your own hiring decisions you could do a lot worse than looking for talented and “hungry” people who don’t have credentials.