By: Sakira Labiba
They won’t prepare you for the real world. They won’t teach you the life lessons you need to know to survive. They won’t even teach you how to make a living without a college degree. They are school. If they won’t, you will. You need to teach yourself how to get up after you fall. You need to learn the skills you need after or even during school. You need to know that having a roof over your head or food in your stomach doesn’t require you to graduate high school. This is where the power of entrepreneurship comes in. It’s the ability to do what you want on your own terms and be satisfied by your actions.
There could be various reasons why the majority of school education systems lack the teaching of self-employment and start-ups. For one, we live in societies that live on capitalist systems. It’s a literal loop where employees of huge companies work their butts off to just make their boss the rich one. Maybe schools don’t want kids to be dropping out after they find out you don’t have to go to university to get a paycheck or have to work under a CEO when you could be your own, the list just goes on. School is subjective, it’s what you make of it. You learn whatever they teach and that’s the end of it. You don’t get any exterior education unless you put yourself out there and find it. No one will be willingly teaching you how to make a stream of income until you emphasize that you want more in life.
This is where entrepreneurs come in. An entrepreneur is commonly seen as an innovator, a source of new ideas, goods, services, and business/or procedures. They are, in a way, a gateway to our world. Without them, we wouldn’t have Amazon, Tesla, Apple, et cetera. Some notable entrepreneurs include Bill Gates, Henry Ford, and Benjamin Franklin. These people’s inventions
are still around today and in good use than ever. If Franklin hadn’t created the lightning rod, many houses would still be constantly catching fire. And now, houses are safer from lightning strikes because of his invention and approval from the public. Entrepreneurship opens minds to new pathways and creates opportunities. With one great idea, you can create a generation of success.
Now here is where school and the art of entrepreneurship clash. While going to school at a young age, we are fed into a routine of doing the same old things from the past decade. The lessons rarely change because they are in the thought process of not changing the system of society they have at the moment. This dumbs down individuality in a person and crushes dreams. Originality is rare and can only be found at specific schools, and it isn’t available to everyone. My school, for instance, is an international leadership school, and we do get the freedom of choice when it comes to knowledge, but many can’t gain this opportunity. When it comes to learning more than what school brings, it usually comes with a hefty price. But EntrepreYOUership is turning that around by providing the essentials to starting your journey towards becoming an entrepreneur.
Let’s face it, it would take a long while till our communities start accepting different career choices. Not all students are the same, we have different career paths in mind. Entrepreneurship teaches generations to take charge, create, build on, and more. If we didn’t have people step up and do things that haven’t been done before or start something helpful, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our world would be so undeveloped and behind. Could you imagine yourself without a smartphone? The government isn’t ready. Schools aren’t ready. They aren’t ready to accept the fact that we are the next generation who would be changing their ways. Because we can always improve