I came from a culture that strongly believe in education. Growing up it was all about who gets the best grade. Who did get into the advance classes… Academic achievement rank highest in my culture.During my childhood I was what they called a ‘Trouble Kid’. I didn’t score very high and I was much more interested in real life businesses than reading about it in a class room. I preferred to get my hands on real business by working at one of my parents retail shop. I started there at the age of 7 and by the time I was 11 years old, I did sales, cashier, inventory, purchasing… whatever it takes. I wheel and deal every day after school and on the weekends.
we have a family member who is close in age with me. But we are completely opposite from each other. He scored high in all of his classes and he was in advance classes all the time. I was out to work during my entire childhood and he never earned a dollar until he was out of college. In fact, his mother did everything for him, so he can spends all of his time studying. During our childhood we were compared a lot by both of our parents. Most of those conversation were about; how his test scores are so high and how I can learn to be more like him.
Interestingly when him and I both entered in to adulthood. He had a very difficult time adjusting in many of his jobs. The first ten years of his working life, he couldn’t keep a single job for more than 6 months. It is because he was always slow to take action, and always late for his deadline.
On the other hand, I myself at time wished that I did do more reading and learn back in school. And maybe I would had a easier time. None the less, I adjusted fine in the working world. I was always the first to take action and I didn’t miss deadline. What I lack in Knowledge I made up in Actions and Corrections. It is much easier to push a car that is already rolling and steer it to the right direction, than to push a parked car.
I am not disrespecting academic, what I am saying is: Knowledge is not power, Knowledge with Action is.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
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