18 Years of Wrong Advice

April 22nd, 2013
by Justin

As far back as I can remember, every teacher I’ve had the pleasure of learning from in the first 18 years of my life all preached the same thing:

Be well-rounded. Make sure you get good grades, join some clubs, do some community service, play a sport, learn an instrument and add some other extra curricular activities to your repertoire

Disney's 1939 version

Disney’s 1939 version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, I want to be clear that I’m not downplaying the importance of any one of the items I listed above; however, I’d be lying if I said a part of me didn’t wish that I could say I was better than everyone at something. I’m a strong believer that having a special skill, whether it’s unique or something you’re extremely superior at, is more valuable than being another well-rounded professional/applicant. Think about it…how many college students study business and graduate with honors? Well, let’s just say the study of business is the most common major in the United States. Don’t be just another business student, but rather learn a skill or specialization and become the best you can possibly be at it. Separate yourself from your peers and be great.

Differentiate yourself. Be unique. Be irreplaceable to your employer.

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