"Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime."
- Anne Isabella Ritchie
Our schools continue to teach youth to attend school to get a "good job". My view is that this is terrible advice and it sends the wrong message.
In a way, we seem to think of school as an only activity to prepare to get employment, and the value of an education is measured by the type of job one gets. Is there no other reason for going to school?
Another issue I am trying to understand what exactly a person means when they say a "good" job/employment? Is $9 or $15 an hour a good position? If one makes more money than that, is that a better job? What good is to make $25 an hour and only be employed for one month each year.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights that one will have a minimum of 11 jobs before one reaches the age of 44. During my lifetime, I had more than 11 jobs before I reached the age of 25! So is a good job one where one looks at the amount one makes per hour or how long one keeps their job?
As an economics teacher, I share that the goal of our youth is to look into the future at their highest productive years, to take note of their natural given talents and to see how to use them to become millionaires. In other words, to learn to fish rather than waiting for job opportunities to appear somehow.
Armando F Sanchez:
Armando F Sanchez is an author, national speaker on leadership and worldwide traveler. He is also the CEO of Armando F Sanchez Production Network. His company produces New Media programming for a global audience. Author's website Email the author