Do I need to go back to school?
But what about if you want to start your own business doing something you love?
The millennial generation is the generation of entrepreneurship. There is so much opportunity to start a business and take control of your destiny. But many of us decide that there are too many barriers to our success.
the old way of thinking
The old way of thinking says you need to invest two years, and tens of thousands of dollars in business school to successfully embark on a new venture. Tell that to Mark Zuckerberg. Tell that to the local chef who hustled her way from busing and serving to starting a new restaurant.
And these are not outliers.
the new way of thinking
The new way of thinking says that you can learn anything on YouTube or through online courses. The new way of thinking says that all the resources you need are in front of you, and there is nothing stopping you from taking the first step and starting today!
Let’s look at two scenarios:
There is something you want to do and you know you are good at it. But you want to be successful in business; so instead of starting a business, you spend a year finding and applying to business schools. Then, after two years, you decide you need more real-world experience, so you spend 3 years working for someone else to learn the tricks of the trade. So, here you are, 6 years into your journey and now, finally, you try to start your own business.
If you were to, instead, put that entire 6 years into your business —what could you accomplish in that time? Maybe you have a rough first year. Maybe a rough two years. But by years 3 and 4 you’ve learned the ins-and-outs of your industry, amassed failures and successes, and really know what you are doing. And perhaps, you’ve achieved more than you ever thought possible.
The truth is, if you simply believe in yourself and your skills you will be successful. Isn’t the investment in the education more about your confidence than your actual ability? Any thing you learn in business school you can learn online. There are hundreds of free and paid online trainings that can teach you how to build a business step-by-step. You just have to believe in yourself and believe in your ability to achieve success, and you will get more of it, even faster.
If there is something that you want, don’t let the old way of thinking keep you from going after it now. Take action today. All that you need is within you (and online).