Published by Selby Webb
Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField
2 years ago
A certain level of education is a must for an entrepreneur. I’m aware that some university dropouts created great companies, but remember that their knowledge had to be on a certain level so that they could get into those colleges and universities in the first place. If you lack in education, you’ll need superb skills of understanding and learning. Lecturers teach us a lot, but is it enough? Here are 5 things you don’t learn at school.
We’ve all met difficult people in life and found ways to handle them. Back in the school days, one would just avoid difficult people. If the teacher was annoying, I’d always tell myself that I’ve still got many other subjects, which would be lectured by other tutors. But what about situations, which one can not avoid? An example; Working in IT as a problem solver, a friend of mine used to complain weekly. He said: “Whenever I solved the problem, people would say; what took you so long? However, when I failed, they would insult me and say I was incompetent.”
This reminds me of horror meetings between my parents and my teacher. Those 45 minutes felt like three days. All I felt was negativity and pressure. To avoid situations like this, one only had to write average tests and not behave anti social. As long as I was good at school, I never had to take criticism serious. At work, your grades are measured by your output. However anti social behavior isn’t tolerated at all. As a boss, one enjoys more freedom, but workers have to know how to handle personal criticism. Every company has it’s own philosophy and there’s no way around it. If you take everything too personal, you’ll never fit in anywhere.
While negotiating in academic discussions is based on knowledge and facts one uses during an argument, negotiation in terms of work is different. How much should a quantified discount retailer offer a customers to make him happy, without upsetting the boss? How much salary should an employee demand during the job interview? When thinking about situations like this, you notice that there’s no perfect answer. These are the kind of skills a teacher won’t educate you on. You develop them by yourself.
Nerds and geeks, who doesn’t know them? The sad truth is that many self-proclaimed “cool” students find it amusing to bully them just because of their hobbies, grammar or dressing. But guess what! When you work in a big company, everyone speaks in a respective tone. The dress code disables one to look “cool” in the new jordans, and no one really cares about another’s hobbies. What matters is the the performance and this is where nerds and geeks score. I advise everyone to treat others with respect. You never know who might be your boss someday.