It’s been a little over two years now since I started my business: my blog and my Youtube channel. It’s surprising for me to say that and often times I reflect a lot on that fact. Of course I talk about some of the things I’ve learned from this adventure in my book, however there’s one thing I neglected and I wanted to mention it here.
That is the fact that I have no prior experience or education when it comes to running a blog, marketing, video editing, or even public speaking.
I do have a degree in business, but the main focus of that degree is accounting, vastly different than what I’m doing now.
I believe that this is the case for a lot of people when it comes to formal education. There are many individuals who have some level of success or even vast success, yet have no formal education. I often times use Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson as examples. Zuckerberg is a drop-out and Branson is both a drop-out and has a learning disability. However everyone knows who they are and how successful they are as well.
It’s these individuals and many others that I refer to to make my point: an education isn’t a requirement to start a business.
Don’t get me wrong
Self improvement and learning are definitely important things to keep in mind. People often times refer to going to school as a form of self improvement. Many successful individuals devote at least 30 minutes to reading up on something that interests them. The rich still spend time hiring coaches and attending seminars to learn new things. I know Zuckerberg is learning new languages and hires a trainer to help him improve his speaking skills.
But people believe that an education through a college or university is the only way. In order to be recognized you need to have pieces of paper telling you you are a Master of Business Administration or whatever. That’s not the case.
I’m not sure where that belief came from, that you need some kind of business background to start a business. In fact a little over half the entrepreneurs out there have a college or university degree. Some of them aren’t even related to business.
There isn’t any kind of professional requirement like a license or a degree in order to start a business. Unless you’re selling booze or you plan to have a practice like a doctor or an accountant. All that’s really needed is an idea, and a strategy in situations outside of what I just mentioned.
College and University Does have some Merit
Though I don’t tend to recommend going to college or university now, there are some benefits to it. Maybe not particularly in the way of actual knowledge. I know in mosts cases what you learn at school and what you do at work is completely different.
That being said, going to school can provide some underlying benefits. For example it can help you with making commitments and hitting deadlines which can help in cases where you have a business where you’re given allotted time to get things done. School also helps you to organize also to show up, and even networking. These are important things when it comes to being an entrepreneur and starting a business.
All in all my point is…
A formal education isn’t mandatory when starting a business. There are plenty of free resources out there to help you on an information stand point. Not to mention they are quality as well. From youtube videos to bloggers and even online courses organized by schools like Harvard, the MIT, and more.
Even though school can help with creating good habits, you can also do that and discover more when you start a business.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon