daleyfla99 subscriber Posts: 1
edited May 2007 in Thought Leadership
As a graduate of H.K. University (School of Hard Knocks) I think it helps but most of the truly successful people I ever managed money for and some of the ones I work with now, never graduated from any higher ed. And these people have success beyond the definition of most. Interesting dynamic.
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And most of the men I deal with, never went bankrupt, just made the American Dream come true through sheer hard work. Their way might have been easier if they had more education but interestingly the one true trait that all successful people have is sheer grit. A willingness to create a dream and see it through, no matter what. I respect that in a business person.
same gender and the same age, graduating from the same school with the
same degree, even with the same gpa are not identically suited for a
given position or business. Their success in life will not be equal.
There is so much more to the equation.
Every advantage that is available should be taken. Every effort should be made to turn a disadvantage into an advantage.
As Nikole pointed out, a BA/BS is pretty much a basic requirement for
many jobs, much like a HS diploma was a generation ago. Over time there
is inflation in education just like there is with money. That`s the
beauty of entrepreneurship. No one can deny you starting up. Once
started your success will speak for itself.
I like the idea of adapting our education system to what is working elsewhere. A best practices model also serves us as enterprising business people. We can always look to see what is working and utilize parts of it for our businesses. Just more thinking....
Despite the established educational system`s resistance to change, how
can one best educate a child within, but not bound by, such a system?
As anyone familiar with my situation can appreciate, until recently
this was an academic question (pun intended but now it has become a
personal concern. A friend who helped us get started in the baking
business, has 4 sons. In pre-startup days we would get together to
grill steaks and play Cashflow. The older boys (about age 4 or 5 then)
were fascinated by the game. There is a kids version that I loaned him
to play with them. One of my goals is to make business look fun. We
will definitely minimize time spent with TV and video games.
Nikole you raise some interesting points. The system is designed to
make round pegs. Our goal is to keep that from happening. It will take
constant attention to what is being taught, how and why. If we open our
eyes, everything around us is an opportunity to discuss and learn.
We`re planning to move to NW Ohio to be closer to the bakery. There are
lots of small towns near by with old buildings, many being put to new
uses. Just yesterday I sat in the van while Carol dropped off some
samples at a new restaurant we found in Montpelier, OH. I noticed the
facades up and down the main street. The building the restaurant is in
is 100 years old. A couple years ago we travelled out west (CO, NM, AZ,
UT and WY). Some of the the most beautiful places God ever created
(don`t get me started about Alaska . We can`t wait to see all that
again with kids. Who needs expensive theme parks?
My goal is to raise four individuals to be the very best they can be. I
can`t stop society from making round pegs out of all kids, but I will
do my best to keep it from happening to mine. Now what if every parent
were determined to keep it from happening to their kids?