Entrepreneurship is a valuable skill that every person should acquire and use in their lifetime,
especially college students. After all, they do control the future direction of this country. The traits
entrepreneurship develops within a person are irreplaceable. It’s rare for someone to say that they
regret the time wasted learning how to become a successful entrepreneur, but the opposite can be said about the pointless required classes every college student must take in the beginning of their college education. For the average student, which form of knowledge will be more beneficial throughout his life: the knowledge he forgot about his required music history class, or how he learned to manage or repair a broken business?
“How to Get a Real Education at College” is an article written by Scott Adams pertaining to this subject. It was published in the Wall Street Journal on April 9, 2011. In the article, Adams describes his four years of college and the crucial effect they remain having in his life today. Instead of listing off four years of beer-pong champion strategies or fast magic tricks that cure your morning hangover (a typical college student description), he recalls his undergraduate years as a vital time when he learned essential steps on how to become a successful entrepreneur. None of his lasting accomplishments came from a class room, although they did help support him, but mainly formed from real life situations. An example of this from his college life would be when he applied for a job on campus at The Coffee Shop, a local business at Hartwick University, where he attended school. The business was in a weak financial state when he received the position to manage their finances. He had made an agreement with his accounting
professor that for three college credits he would repair the businesse’s broken financial system and replace it with a proper one. In the time-period of a year he had the business financially stable and earned his three accounting credit hours. Adams describes this story as the year he learned everything he knew about management (528). He condenses his four years’ worth of experience and wisdom into seven important steps he deems necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. These seven steps include: combining your personal skills, learning to fail forward, finding the action, attracting luck, conquering fear, writing simply, and learning persuasion (529).
His first step, learning to combine your personal skills, means acquiring several talents in different categories instead of limiting oneself to a single skill set. With his variety of talent’s he managed to create Dilbert, a successful cartoon comic. He believes several skills in a single person are how value is created (528). When reading his second step, failing forward, readers are reminded about the importance of perseverance. Learning from failures is a virtue. Adams makes an excellent statement when he says...