With incomes stagnant and the higher cost of debt payments and tuition, students are paying more to earn less. – via Robert Kiyosaki
This post is certainly not a bash against teachers. I have friends who are teachers and they brilliantly shape the young minds in their classrooms while also being amazing role models. Many of my teachers and college professors challenged my mind and encouraged me to think differently and follow my journey. So if you’re a teacher reading this…I hope you see that I’m questioning our educational system…not you. If anything, this is a call for reflection and me raising a red flag asking why our society has been brainwashed to go into debt for educations that are supposed to help individuals secure a steady job. Friends, this is no longer the case. It may have been true 20-30 years ago…but not anymore.
First things first, I’m very thankful for my education. I am the product of a fabulous public school system in IL, was very fortunate to have my first 2 years of college at Southeastern Illinois College paid for thanks to my participation on their nationally award-winning speech team (Go Forensic Falcons!) and am finishing up payments for my Bachelor’s Degree from Belmont University here in Nashville. I’m glad I was able to get a student loan from SoFi, it was probably the best decision I ever made, if I wouldn’t have gotten it then I probably would have been struggling to pay for my education.
If you’ve read my story, you know that I was offered a job straight out of college using my degree. Super cool! The economy eventually caught up with the company that hired me and layoffs occurred multiple times. What was I to do? Just sit there and take it? That’s not like me…so I found something that gave me hope – a partnership with a multiple award-winning direct sales company.
I don’t have a business background or any formal business training, nor does entrepreneurship really run in my family. I was always encouraged to “find my passion and follow it”, but I don’t recall being encouraged to find a way to profit from my passion. I was simply taught to work. Go to school. Get a degree. Get a job.
That’s what society has taught us – that if we pay enough money for a degree, be someone’s “gopher” (go for this, go get that, etc.) while we make our way up the corporate ladder, that maybe one day…30 years from now or possibly never…we may reach “the top” and be earning per year what we think we’re worth. Now I’m watching people stand awe-struck because they were laid off or because interview after interview, the industry they long to be a part of (or paid so much money to get a degree for) is not hiring.
Is this going to improve any time soon? Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) doesn’t think so. In fact, he sees society going back to small business – like during the Agrarian Age. Pick up his book “Business of the 21st Century” to see what I mean. The good thing is, YOU can make a change. Start your own business like I did. Partnering with a direct selling or network marketing company is one of THE best ways to create an income generating asset that can shrink the income potential of a 30-40 year career in corporate America into 5-10 years or less.
In closing, I would like to leave you with a video from one of my favorite authors and change agents, Seth Godin. In this video, he discusses the failure of our educational model that’s build around producing factory workers. I highly recommend taking the time to watch it.
Are you more than a cog in a squeaky corporate wheel? Do you have a passion for serving others? I’m not saying we need to can our educational system. What I’m saying is, it’s time to wipe the surprised look off our faces every time a company downsizes, take the bull by the horns and do what we can each personally do about it. Because little by little, a little becomes a lot…