Unfortunately many of us that did not receive a good education, and some of us that haven’t gotten an education at all say that it’s impossible to succeed in business without a good education.
Let me tell you a little bit about the education I received growing up.
I come from a very ultra-orthodox family and community. The school that I went to did not teach ANY secular studies at all, all we learnt was Talmudic studies. In my family and community Yiddish is not only our first language, but Yiddish is the only language we grew up speaking. My English was so bad, that on one of my first business meetings, when I met with a prospective client, he listed a few points and said “these are my concerns”. I excused myself for a minute, went outside and called up my partner Sol Eisenberg who spoke a better English than me and asked him “just tell me, is concerns a good thing or a bad thing”. My English was so bad, that I had no idea what the hell ‘concern’ means.
Despite my poor education, I was – thank god – successful in building a business at a very young age. And not just any business, but a business that requires trust, a business in the financial industry. And today we do business in more than 12 states and we are very successful.
I recently met a family member of mine at a wedding who sends his kids to a more modern school, which supposedly gives a better education than what we grow up with. He tells me “I want my son to be successful in business, something that is impossible for me due to my poor education”. So I told him “education may be a faster road, but it’s definitely not the only way!” I agree that with a good education it can take us faster to be successful, but nobody should ever tell me that there are places he can’t go due to a lack of education. We might have to work harder, it might take us a bit longer, but everybody with the right willpower can absolutely get everywhere.
I recently got the following Tweet from one of my followers on Twitter, read my answer:
.@YossyHershkop With education you still need real life experiences. In real life you can learn everything, education just makes it easier.
— Izzy Green (@IzzyPreneur) May 26, 2013
Learning business in college, is simply like learning to swim from a book. It is impossible to learn how to swim until you actually get yourself wet. One of my favorite quotes – as many of you may know – is “Mistakes are the cheapest tuition!” Even with the highest college degree, you will still need that real life experience, trial and error, until you’re successful.
So if you are one of those people who didn’t get the best education, stop blaming your parents, communities, teacher and everybody you can think of, simply get up on your feet and start hustling. Because Blaming your ‘poor’ education won’t get you ‘rich’! I’m still not perfect, but instead of blaming everyone else, I’m working everyday to improve my English and business skills.