10 Lessons College Won't Teach You -- But Entrepreneurship Will
College is a step toward adulthood for many, but the transition from bachelor's degree to entrepreneur can feel a bit jarring. Keeping your chin up, a stiff upper-lip and other empty clichés everyone says to you can't really prepare you for one really important truth: There isn't a curriculum for adulthood.
Notes that among the important lessons you will need to learn on your own are:
- Be open to change and new directions: while college makes it seem like things are fixed and permanent in business, most entrepreneurs who are successful are flexible and adapt. Innovation is key to success.
- You are always obligated to attend: college courses make it seem like whether you are present does not really matter. Business reality indicates that ditching no longer works in the world of the entrepreneur.
- Use flexible scheduling: where college courses have ridged timelines that you cannot change, your business will require that you have flexibility to handle the most import issues as they arise and rearrange the schedule as needed.
- Maximize your use of time: in college free time always pops up when you can take a break and play. The real business world requires that you always be on your game, and you use your free time to get ahead.
- Focus on specific tasks rather than multitasking: intuition tells us that we will get more done if we work on more than one thing at a time. The reality is that this is only true for 2% of people. The vast majority of us work most efficiently by mono-tasking, focusing.
- Be a lifelong learner: while college teaches you much about specific topic areas, 4 years cannot teach you everything you need to know about business. You will hit snags and run into problems, and you will need to learn and grow to fit your needs. Read books, learn from colleagues, study on the Internet, and take college courses.
- Turn to network friends: in college, life is about the buddies you party with. In business, colleagues and connections are more important than people to party with. Nurture your strong business connections. These friends will be essential to your success.
- Avoid mixing your politics with your business: debating, protesting, and voicing your opinion on political issues works in college and has benefits. After you graduate, however, you must be more cautious about sharing political ideas as it can ruin relationships that are important to business.
- Learn self-reliance: as an entrepreneur you are really on your own much of the time. Instructors and TAs are not there to hold your hand, so be prepared to handle issues and problems on your own, using the resources you have at hand.
- Forget about grades: while in college you are in a competitive environment where grades really matter for positions and scholarships. In the business world, clients and colleagues are not going to care that you received an A in Business 101.
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Source is Entrepreneur.com
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