I Published My First Book Before Getting My Bachelor’s Degree

And I regret it.

Sinem Günel


In 2015, I started my studies in business administration.

And even though I don’t feel as if I learned anything that would improve my life or me personally, I still believe that it was the right decision. However, 1.5 years later, I tapped into personal development and entrepreneurship, and I quickly realized that there is so much more to learn than what schools and universities are teaching.

I also realized that I enjoy growing as a person and learning more about personal development every day.

Additionally, I discovered a wholly new career path.

While until that time, I thought that I’d get my degree to apply for a corporate job, I suddenly realized that there are so many more options to choose from.

I loved the idea of being self-employed. I mean, being your own boss, deciding when, where, and with whom you work sounds pretty amazing, right?

So at some point, I knew that I don’t want to climb the career ladder in a corporate but rather be an entrepreneur. Putting both of these passions together, I started hosting personal development workshops besides my studies.

And after some time, I created online courses.

Fortunately, I wasn’t alone, I did all of this with my boyfriend, and he still is my business partner (and the co-author of my book).

When I finished my last exam at university, it was somehow clear that my next step would be to dive deep into entrepreneurship and further build my business.

I never really thought about it; it was just the next logical step. However, what was (and still is) missing is my bachelor’s thesis. I didn’t write my thesis besides the exam because I was also working at a full-time internship, and additionally running my side business.

It was so apparent that I would ignore my thesis and try to build a business in personal development.

Looking back, I might have thought that that’s the easier way to go.

In truth, I wouldn’t do it the same way again.