Can College be Beneficial for Entrepreneurs?
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Yesterday, I made my momma proud by completing my last final exam of my college career. This not only marks the time to celebrate 4 awesome years, but it also calls for a celebration of the end f my 18 year educational career as well (Preschool- Bachelor’s Degree).
As I have learned many things from college such as not falling asleep with your shoes on at a party, pulling all nighters are not that bad, riding camels is awesome, and Ramon noodles topped with mozzarella is better than you think.
Obviously that makes it worth it right there, but is it really worth being thousands of dollars in debt?
Most entrepreneurs sh*t on college by saying it’s a waste of time or money, but I look at college as a new learning experience.
When I have kids one day, I will not make college a requirement but I will make learning a skill a requirement. The importance of learning something new is what I care about. Whether you want to do that through college or not is your decision.
So when you think about it,
Is college necessary?
You need to figure out your goals in life. If you want to be a doctor, then go to college. If you know you want to own a business, ask yourself is college necessary for you to become successful. Sometimes you are unsure, so ask yourself will college make you sure of what you want to do?
For me, I was not ready to become an entrepreneur. In my family, I wanted to become the first Cerny to graduate from a 4-year university and I did just that.
I set a goal and achieved it. Not only did I think I wanted to work in corporate America (boy was I wrong), I wanted to graduate college to pave the way for future generations in my family.
I needed to do this, I wanted to do this and most importantly I actually did it.
Would I go back and change it, never. It made me who I am today and I would not have been here if it was not for college.
So overall college is not necessary, but it definitely was worth it to me because:
- Expanded My Network
College exposes you to so many people: business networks, lifelong friends, and for some their soul mate.
For me, it allowed me to create lifelong friends and expand my increasing LinkedIn network. Feel free to connect.
Being exposed to all these people helped me get a better grasp of life perspectives and beliefs.
2. Mange Time
All college students can relate to taking an full academic work load, extracurriculars (sports, student orgs, etc.), lifting, and trying to find a social life is very time consuming.
You need to be able to adapt to meet all of your responsibilities or you will fail. This translates in business and being an entrepreneur.
No matter what you do, you still have to meet deadlines and do the work. Being able to manage time wisely is one the secrets to life.
3. Become Selfless
Like I said before, I am first person in my entire family to graduate college from a 4-year university. My nephew will graduate next year and become the second.
College taught me that sometimes you do things in life because you love someone. You love them so much that you become selfless.
I became an entrepreneur in January 2016 and those last two years of college were rough for me. I wanted to drop out so bad, but I knew that would absolutely destroy my mom.
My parents were able to do so much for me and gave me the opportunity to go to college which they did not have. So it got to a point, where I got through it because I wanted to do it for the people around me.
If you have ever done this, it is extremely gratifying when you accomplish a goal that benefits more people than just yourself.
4. Becoming Comfortable in the Uncomfortable
I went to China for 4 month without knowing any Mandarin. I did this to be different and push myself out of my comfort zone.
Yeah I was nervous, but I had a feeling deep down that it was for the better and that everything would work out.
I have to be careful what I say because I do not want the Chinese government to take me out but in China: air and tap water are polluted, Wi-fi is slow, it’s overcrowded, and the public bathrooms had “squatters.”
Regardless of my opinion on it, that’s reality. I had to find a way to be comfortable during the uncomfortable.
Then when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, amazing life events unfold out of your wildest imaginations.
For me, it was camping overnight on the Great Wall.
Sometimes, you never know what will happen when you take a risk.
To conclude, I am ready to take the risk of becoming a college-educated entrepreneur.