Which First? Business Education Or Real Business?
It is a common question often asked: which do you start first – your education in business or your real business? Let’s take a look at both sides of this debate to examine in closer detail, what goes into making a successful business.
Why You Need Business Education
If you are going to gain great success from anything, it is unlikely to come to you without any knowledge, research, skills learning or hard work. The best and most highly paid job positions usually involve a university degree, heaps of background knowledge or an intriguing lifestyle, such as years spent travelling or living an unconventional lifestyle – all of which take years to accomplish and quite often, a lot of cash too! A business education however, will give you the skills and ability to understand the issues you face thus making it easier for you to overcome. A person who has taken the time to study and master certain skills stands out when put with somebody who hasn’t. Educated people often find it easier to understand and manage business structures, whereas those who haven’t studied find it far more of a struggle.
Why Business Education Could Kill Your Natural Talents for Business
On the other hand, some of the world’s most creative entrepreneurs claim that gaining their degree in business or marketing actually damaged their creative ability. Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop claimed that gaining her marketing degree made her feel less confident in her marketing and as a result, she was left feeling confused and deflated by what she had learned at university. In an interview about her career, she went on to comment that studying marketing is best if you are learning the subject from scratch and have no natural marketing capabilities. It’s true that when you have a natural flare for something, studying its textbook version can make you doubt what you already know about a topic and it can even give you the impression that your natural talent for it was just a wrong misconception!
What Should You Do?
• Learn to understand which topics you are naturally good at and which require some sort of formal training.
• Accept that your natural talent has helped you get to where you are now and therefore you must be doing something right.
• Try to understand when learning a new skill that not all textbook opinions are the “only way” to do something, use them as a guide rather than live by them!
• Avoid turning into a course addict! People who take course after course fall into the trap of not being able to stand on their own two feet. Figure out what you need to learn in order to better your career and personal development but then establish what you need to work on in your personal time to improve other aspects of your business/personal life!