What I have drafted below is an extract from something I am writing. I am not sure if it will turn into a book, a chaptered blog, a guide, I have no idea. But in short, it will be centred around good business practices and lessons I have learned. This piece comes from a chapter about money; where I address beliefs around money and all the things I was taught and had to unlearn, in fact, things I am still unlearning. These are ‘lessons’ I was taught as a young person growing up. For example, that money is a scarce resource and that you could only make a lot of it with a high level of formal education, that money was the root of all evil, the list goes on.
How do these beliefs carry over into adulthood and business? To answer this question, I am going to share a discussion I would have with a younger version of myself. Knowing what I do now, I would give myself the following information and advice to put the school system in context for how it will impact the rest of my life and my beliefs around money and how it is accumulated. In this hypothetical scenario, let us assume younger me is questioning the need to learn, to get good grades or even why he should pitch up at school and how school plays a part in becoming wealthy.
Dear Younger Me,
To start, understand that school is your childhood job where your responsibility is to learn. It’s probably the only time in your life that you will be able to spend time with your friends while at work. Appreciate the things that I am about to say because school doesn’t last long, and you will reminisce someday over the time when your workday ended at 2pm and you had time for sport, hobbies and sleeping in the afternoon. The reason school is important is that it will teach you things which you will need when you enter the adult world; see school as a framework for the following lessons: Continue reading → A Lesson on Money for Younger Me