On Overriding our Education

by | Oct 31, 2019 | Entrepreneurship, Leadership | 0 comments


Over the past few years, I’ve heard quite a few influential thinkers talking about how, for most of us, our education hasn’t set us up for success as entrepreneurs.

Here’s Seth Godin talking about how school rewards obedience, when the skills we need most are leadership and creative thought.

Here’s an article in Money Magazine sharing the results of a study that showed that valedictorians rarely become entrepreneurs and CEOs.

It’s like we have to rewire our minds a little bit to become comfortable with risk, failure, and innovation – in entrepreneurship or any career path.

How do we do it?

I don’t really have the answer to that question. My name and the word “renegade” have never been used in a sentence together, and that’s not because I went to school – it’s not my natural tendency to buck the system. I’ve always been the valedictorian type.

And I built A Squared around organizing businesses. I clearly like structure.

But I’ve still taken some big risks in my life.

Leading up to them, I always built a vision in my head of who I wanted to become and how this risk would get me there. I thought about how it could be a grand adventure.

And then I forced myself to do the scary thing.

I haven’t regretted a single one.

Where in your business can you step away from the trained obedience track and do something new?

Until next week,