Beat the Odds, Be Creative!

Are you intimidated by other people and the education they have after years of schooling. I often found it to be very intimidating to learn about the amount of University someone has, or how they hit straight “A”s all through school. I was never one of those people, my goal was to get the hell out of there and get started in life. Academic types don’t like to tell you that however, often if you can’t handle school you are doomed from the beginning. Now before you get all bent out of shape and start coming down on me about school realize I am not down on school. I attend seminars and now love school. I am seeing it from the other side however and although education is important it is not everything. I believe the schools lose a lot of good kids that’s just haven’t found something that grabs their attention and gives them focus.
In school unless you are attending some type of College or University course on business you usually won’t hear anything mentioned about business. Even on Career Days in schools much of the time the people brought in are working in jobs such as the trades, emergency services and the like. When was the last time you heard of an entrepreneur come into the class and talk about the business world and what you need to get clients, develop products, and create a world that has them doing what they love. My bet is never! Book education is everywhere and you have to learn your own style of learning. The part they don’t tell you in many schools is that the education part will only get you so far in business because everyone is trying to build a better mouse trap. Once you know the basics of business the rest of it is about being creative, your personality, and your work ethic. The business education is just the beginning and the smart entrepreneur will hire someone for that area.

So if you are thinking about starting a business, but don’t feel you have enough education, choose the path you want, find the people that have gone down that path before you, and study what they did. You may just find you are more qualified than you thought. If you look at entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Russell Simmons, Alan Weiss, and many of the entrepreneurs on Dragon’s Den and so on you will find their real success came from hard work, creativity, and determination. So get out there and live your dream, you will be glad you did!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, and entrepreneur. For more information on Bruce and his work please visit his website at

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