I was like any other kid growing up, I had to go to school to get a good education, so I could go to college and get a good job. When I was young, I went with it, but as I grew older I wasn’t so sure I wanted to go to college. I didn’t know what it was I wanted, but college wasn’t it. The truth was, that I was an entrepreneur at heart, I just didn’t know it yet. The truth was that I wanted to make my own way. I didn’t want to spend my life working a 9-5, doing the same drudgery every day. I should have realized this when I found more passion in creative writing than in science, or math. It is my firm belief that I learned more outside of school, than I ever learned in it.
How many people are like me, but still haven’t learned this truth about themselves? How many grew up being told they had to do a, b, and c, if they ever wanted to make it in this world? Furthermore, why are they told this? The answer I believe comes from three factors. First, their family. They may raise them with a set of moral values, as they should but for the most part, unless they were raised to think outside the box, they will transfer what they know down to their children. Second, the system itself. It is the law that you must send your child to school and if you don’t, you are punished. Why is this? They want to create employees, not thinkers, not entrepreneurs. When someone graduates high-school, they have little to no financial education. Why? They want people to go to work, do their tasks, pay their taxes and be contented to fit in a predetermined, prearranged path. However, you don’t have to do that. You don’t have to go along, because it’s the only way to do things. To be clear, I’m not advocating not paying your taxes, I’m advocating thinking as someone who can create value for the world, not just act as directed to receive a pay check, that may go away should you lose your job. I’m saying you need to take the time to educate yourself, take the time to get a financial education, learn what it takes to start, and grow a business. That, is what I will be speaking on. There are of course many ways to go about doing this, and I will cover many of them.
For now give me your thoughts. Were you told you had to get a job growing up, or did you know you were meant to be an entrepreneur? You can leave your feedback in the comment box below.