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Business Mindset – Schools Fail Big Time

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I probably don’t use StumbleUpon as much as I should. But I do try to find at least 2 quality sites everyday that may help to develop a business mindset.

This morning I StumbledUpon a great post by Brian Armstrong entitled, 8 Essential Skills They Didn’t Teach You In School

What I found so interesting was Brian’s view that most of what he was taught in school was of little actual practical use to him. That sounds a little familiar and definitely in keeping with my theme of the “mummy state” churning out clones to perpetuate the myth that there is a “standard” way to live your life.

Certainly what we learn in school has very little to do with developing a business mindset.

And yet, more and more people around the world are becoming self employed and need to think about business in a different way.

In particular, Brian picks up on economics lessons being academic mumbo jumbo, oh how so very true. Just take a look at that chart above – absolutely riveting stuff! But how useful is that to your business!

We have kids leaving our schools bored senseless with some of this stuff, having been force fed micro and macro economics and yet having no idea how to operate a bank account or that if you have a credit card you have to pay back the amount spent!

Why this post is so good is that the skills Brian refers to are required by all of us, particularly those looking to change their lifestyle from the “prescribed” 9 – 5 AND he provides links to additional resources for further, more detailed reading.

When I was at school the less academic kids were taught woodwork and metalwork – so they’d have a trade to follow when they left school. Thinking back, at least they were being taught something useful for their lives. The bulk of us were given very little that would really help us in life.

It’s about time that changed – but then the “mummy state” would have people thinking for themselves – I’m sure they wouldn’t want that!

I’ve subscribed to Brian’s RSS feed and after reading his post you may find you want to do the same.

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2 Responses to Business Mindset – Schools Fail Big Time

  1. Nicholas Powiull September 15, 2008 at 3:36 am #

    I have been into personal development (on all levels of my life) for as long as I can remember. In fact, I had extreme dislike to school because I did not feel like I was growing, developing, evolving, or learning anything significant (nothing of value or substance).

    What I did learn is to memorize what I was being told and take tests based on what I memorized. Of course that is not really learning, in fact most day I would have to memorize so much that after the day was over, I was so full of things to memorize that I forgot 80% of it.

    Therefore, this memorizing technique did not even help me to learn anything (much less anything important).

    I (like most of the population) was conditioned, programmed, and subconsciously brainwashed into a limited box of perspectives with no way to express critical thinking, concepts, ideas, creative output (in fact in art classes, you have to follow the rules of the project assigned), or anyway of adapting to the world outside of school (much less business mind set).

    The only thing I left school with that did anything of value was math skills and spelling/writing, yet even those on the most basic level because I do not remember much, I was too full of memorizing everything else that there was no room for anything except the basics (which was taught repeatedly, since you did to know the basics to move through to the next grade).

    History was nothing to me except a way for our past to actions to be made right. That way nobody has to ask questions (no critical thinking) because no matter what happened, we were justified to take the actions we did. The perspective on history, is one perspective. At least everywhere in America I have seen this being played-out.

    They should teach concepts instead of subjects. Concepts like sharing, responsibility, critical thinking, business perspective, success (what it takes, how to get there, and the things they all successful people have in common), etc.

    Thank you for the article! :)

    Have a Consciously Flexing day,
    ~Nicholas Powiull @ Conscious Flex

  2. Mark September 15, 2008 at 3:54 am #

    What a great response Nicholas!

    You’ve moved this theme on a few stages here. Not only are the things we are taught in school of little practical use in the outside world – particularly for those self-employed – significant damage is done by limiting our thinking at the very time we are developing and should be flexing those muscles.

    I agree 100% – sharing, responsibility & success should be a core part of the school curriculum.

    Thanks for your input.

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