You Can Always Go Back To School, Right?

Culture, business and society at large stays the same until status quo becomes too painful to maintain. Then sometimes, it changes.

Oftentimes, though, it clings to the “good old days.”

The days when sales and confidence were high. When numbers increased month-over-month. The years when conversion was up, again!

Management clings to the days when there was a roadmap. And make no mistake, following the map does come with perks.

Why follow the rules?

Well, first of all, it’s painful to change. The system rewards you for playing nicely inside the box. Your salary covers your mortgage. You can work somewhere all week, and at the end of the week, you get to buy stuff.

It’s not all that bad to clock in, is it? Some of us have jobs that are relatively tranquil tapping away at the keyboard or sending emails to someone else and waiting for a response. It’s not Hollywood, but it beats working in a 1850’s factory. Plus it’s the smart choice while the kids are still in school.

So what’s the incentive to change if you don’t have to?

If the perks of staying the same are good, the perks of change are Kendrick Lamar.

Damn.

People who decide to initiate change get to lead and leaders always get the memos first.

They always get the “inside scoop.” They get to make the trend and ride it down. They are the ones who benefit from bubbles, booms and innovations.

Followers can do very well in life, too. But leaders who really dig in have an opportunity not just to survive — but to thrive.

Most importantly, true leaders will move on before a given system, organization or idea stops working because they know it isn’t about playing the game perfectly right — but about taking shots and being willing to accept the bewildered stares of their peers as they venture into new territory.

Leadership is not about becoming the most famous person in your space — although many leaders do become very well known.

It’s not about making the most money at the thing you’re doing — although it seems to be a rule that leaders always make substantially more than followers.

The point of leadership is to do the brave thing first, then get the rest of the tribe there.

It is incredibly scary to expose yourself to the level of risk you’ll need to take in order to be a great leader.

But don’t worry. You can always go back to school and get a Masters.

Daniel DiPiazza
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something. A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business. His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

  • Ingrid Cheng

    Many leaders never go to college or drop out to start their own businesses. That’s why I don’t believe a MBA can help me. I am a creative person who thinks out of the box.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      I hear you!

  • Javin Javril Garcia

    The MBA route is very popular here in my country. A lot of my peers believe that this is the way to go, so a lot of them are also asking me why I don’t enroll in an MBA program.

    Think of it this way. How much is the program? Now considering that, how much increase in salary would you get with your MBA, and how many years would you be able to earn back what you have “invested” on your MBA? Unless you intend to teach at a university, the math just doesn’t really add up.

    Entrepreneurs don’t need to get an MBA. They hire people with MBAs.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Nailed it! What’s your degree in (if you have one)? Mine is in Communication. I guess I’m using it? lol

      • Javin Javril Garcia

        I finished Business Management. I guess I am using it, too haha! But yeah, what we’ve learned in school is good, but you wouldn’t compare it on everything that you’ve learned and you will be learning in real life when you are out there after school. The classroom can only teach so much.

  • Kevin Angga Saputra

    Going to get MBA always been a great option.. But as spiderman movie quote -with great power, comes great responsibility- when we begin to know more, our fear also increase along with it.. Unless you have steel will, i suggest to learn it by yourself by doing the business.. Off course we will go through more obstacles, but at least we start and learn along with it.. I know many people will have to object my opinion, but hey, it’s mine and my right to be different.. I’ll keep my ears open to great advice and critics, but will close it upon mockery.. Lol

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Totally agree!

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