So in this week of great ideas for where we need entrepreneurs in our world, I have something to write on from the suggestion box. My wonderful wife said to me on Monday when I started this theme, “You need to do one on education,” only to be followed up three minutes later from someone else who said “You need to do one on education.”
So let’s talk about schools and the education system in our country. Before all you teachers send me hate mail I want you all to read this and not take what I say as gospel, not take it as the basis to start an argument. Instead, if you think my ideas don’t or won’t work, ask yourself this: “Shouldn’t I still be looking for newer ideas?”
As I mentioned early in the week about the church that was growing with entrepreneur ideas, they added many ministries each and every year. They were always looking for ways to get people to come by and just visit anything going on at the church. That is why they have sports teams, they have a food pantry, they have a great meeting and food center, as well as a weekly business luncheon. All to offer people things they need from the service of a church.
Now I know I mentioned church two times in one week, so let’s get to my rant on education. I have a father-in-law who was a professor; I have a wife who is very highly educated; my father went back to school at 40 to get his degree to teach kids; and even my brother Ken has done the same.
I hear so many people tell how they are going to school to become a professor or a teacher. Then I’m reminded of the comedy film with Rodney Dangerfield, Back to School. While the part he plays is a rather questionable businessman, the film had a point.
The business professor was teaching kids how to be in business and he himself had never run a real business in the real world. I know this has changed, as I know several business owners who are teaching classes to young kids now in our local community colleges.
I think our schools as far down as junior high should be teaching entrepreneur thinking to our kids. We should be solving not just our math problems, but learning how to do some of those things we thought were dumb in high school. We should have an entrepreneur class that teaches our kids how the things they are learning will apply to the real world.
We need to be teaching college kids how to start and create things like the multi-level marketing companies. Imagine a school that was just for entrepreneurs. This is just one of the many things that should be taught, but imagine if someone like Donald Trump were teaching a class at a school, how many business people do you know would sign up for that class?
Or let’s imagine Tony Robbins teaching a class on being a peak performance person in life. How many would attend that class?
But wait; these people are teaching and people are paying thousands of dollars to attend a 3-day and 4-day event where they come away with a new life it seems.
I have an idea for an entrepreneur boot camp and I just may put this into action. Imagine this: 10 people can get in to the class; they each have to put up $5,000. Then they come to a house setting where they have to live and learn ideas. We have several entrepreneurs who come in and teach, and then they have to create an idea or business to graduate. The business must be making a profit, and the one who has the most successful business gets a cash bonus to help take his company to the next level.
Ok, I’ll work on that one. In the meantime, what’s your thought on how we should apply entrepreneurialism to our schools?
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Entrepreneurial education will lead you to being the RockStar in your world.