This is the huge problem I have with our school system and college nowadays. Kids are told exactly how to succeed from the day they go to kindergarden to when they graduate college. I had a 3.9 GPA in college and I was in the honors program, not because I was the smartest but because I realized that on the first day of class the teacher would give us this thing called a syllabus that basically gave me the roadmap to an A. It wasn’t about actually learning, it was about getting an A. So thats what I would do, I would do exactly what was on the Syllabus and I would get an A. “Wow Sam you are doing such a great job in school!” The problem is we show kids exactly how to succeed from kindergarten on, which tells them that its not ok to fail because we are showing them exactly how to “succeed” instead of forcing them to think on their own, fail, learn, encourage them, and them helping them to improve. I will give you an example, my statistics class in college. I learned after the 1st week of class that I didn’t need to go to class or do my homework. All I had to do was go to the class right before the day of a test because the professor would go through a pre-test that was almost exactly the same as the actual test just different numbers. I would go memorize how to do every question, get a 100% on the test and then never go to class until the next time the professor would go through the pre-test. Now some of you are thinking, Sam thats horrible you should have just actually learned the material! Why? I have never and will never use statistics to achieve my dreams, provide for myself and my family. Why would we force kids to learn something they won’t EVER need and then even worse tell them exactly how to succeed in it!
True education comes when you are forced to figure it out. Real education comes when you are put into situations where you have to fail, learn, and get better. I see it all the time when young ambitious people get out of college and they want to succeed but all of a sudden no one is giving them a syllabus for how to get from where they are to where they want to be. Its like they get punched in the face and realize that everything they have learned up until that point in time doesn’t matter. I have conversations with people who are reading about others who have succeeded at high levels in their industry, and they have the desire to succeed like that person but they remain stationary because they are waiting for someone to give them a syllabus for exactly how to get there. Thats why many of us never go after or achieve our dreams. We have been brainwashed from a young age that we need this perfect plan, or we need to know how to do something before we start doing it and thats just not true. In the real world, there is no syllabus. Thats why the school system trains you to be an employee and not an entrepreneur. The first day at your job, you are given tasks. If you do those tasks you get to keep your job. Entrepreneurship or chasing your dream, whatever it is, requires to you start doing something with no syllabus.
Dropping out of college was the best decision I ever made because I forced myself to become an entrepreneur with my life. I had to fail A LOT, learn, struggle, face adversity, and ultimately figure it out. No one gave me a syllabus for how to get a job that required a degree without actually having a degree. That process taught me a lot and put me ahead of the crowd because while most of my peers were getting the syllabus for how to succeed I was experiencing the real world where there was no syllabus. I was actually learning. Most of us fear the world with no syllabus but I think we would learn to love it if we just chose to experience it more.
Look, there is no syllabus for real life. There is no syllabus for how to get from where you are to where you want to be. You just need to get started, fail, learn, grow, figure it out, and ultimately succeed. This is the world of chasing your god given dream and purpose. This is the world of faith. I encourage you to step into this world because it will change your life!
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter