We’re at the Future Business Leaders of America national conference in Nashville, and we’ve noticed something striking. Everyone knows college is not enough.
They know that, more than ever, they’ve got to take their life, education, and career preparation into their own hands. They can’t rely on an institution to confer worth. They’ve got to get it. They have to build their capital with the best of what’s available to meet their needs and goals, much of which can’t be found in a college classroom.
We sometimes expect to meet resistance when we talk about breaking the educational mold, but it’s become rarer to find people who don’t realize the game is changing and degrees are worth less while ways to really stand apart and gain experience and skills are worth more. Still, the majority of these young people feel fated to the college path and despair about any way to be different. It’s a sad experience to see the light in a young person’s eyes dim when they shrug and say, “But you have to do it.”
The thing is, you don’t. You can make your own way, whether college is a part of it or not. Your future is yours, not anyone else’s. Take the reins.