Black People : Education vs. Entrepreneurship

karmashines

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In this country, many blacks feel that education is the 'answer' to obtaining socioeconomic freedom. Thus, they go to college, immersing themselves in a great deal of debt, bust their butt to make good grades then get out. But when they get out, they have trouble finding jobs, often times settling for employment paying them significantly less than what they were expecting. And even as they move up the corporate ladder, they are not viewed or paid in the same manner as their white counterparts.

Are we putting too much emphasis on education? Should we be more focused on teaching our kids how to embark on entreprenurial ventures? And when I say 'entreprenurial ventures' I don't necessarily mean a brick-and-mortar business (though the black community sorely needs these too). Thanks to the Internet, there are literally a wealth of legitimate things you could do, ranging from affiliate marketing (where you promote websites for companies such as Amazon), selling a service (such as word processing), to owning an online store which could be stocked using dropshipped products (you don't even have to carry inventory). I myself am experimenting with dropshipping and affliate marketing. These entreprenurial methods are low or no-cost; you could work at Mcdonalds and find success if you work hard enough and stick with it through the frustrations.

Don't get me wrong, education is important. But a lot of blacks have lost a piece of themselves getting wrapped up into Corporate America's impossible standards. Imagine what could be accomplished socioeconomically if blacks put half of the time and energy towards starting their own business as they do trying to move up the Corporate ladder.
 

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In a word yes. i agree that education is important but entarpreneurship is lacking big time amongst aa's. although i would argue things are getting better. Growing up my fam couldnt seem to look past going to college and getting a job even to the point where would chastise young blacks for being non comformists, alternative hair styles ect. I too am investing in both internet and brick and mortar, as well as formal education.

I will take it a step further and say that business ownership is the ONLY way for AA's, and A's through out the world. i mean what good is an engineer , scientist, or doctor if he still has to beg whites 4 work.

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karmashines said:
In this country, many blacks feel that education is the 'answer' to obtaining socioeconomic freedom. Thus, they go to college, immersing themselves in a great deal of debt, bust their butt to make good grades then get out. But when they get out, they have trouble finding jobs, often times settling for employment paying them significantly less than what they were expecting. And even as they move up the corporate ladder, they are not viewed or paid in the same manner as their white counterparts.

Are we putting too much emphasis on education? Should we be more focused on teaching our kids how to embark on entreprenurial ventures? And when I say 'entreprenurial ventures' I don't necessarily mean a brick-and-mortar business (though the black community sorely needs these too). Thanks to the Internet, there are literally a wealth of legitimate things you could do, ranging from affiliate marketing (where you promote websites for companies such as Amazon), selling a service (such as word processing), to owning an online store which could be stocked using dropshipped products (you don't even have to carry inventory). I myself am experimenting with dropshipping and affliate marketing. These entreprenurial methods are low or no-cost; you could work at Mcdonalds and find success if you work hard enough and stick with it through the frustrations.

Don't get me wrong, education is important. But a lot of blacks have lost a piece of themselves getting wrapped up into Corporate America's impossible standards. Imagine what could be accomplished socioeconomically if blacks put half of the time and energy towards starting their own business as they do trying to move up the Corporate ladder.
I couldn't have imagined myself thinking this 10 years ago. However after observing the career paths of the average black college graduate & comparing them to blacks who only had high school (or technical school) training. Those blacks who had technical/high school training, and used that training towards entreprenurial ends, were actually more successful than their college educated counterparts. I'm not talking about a handful of cases either. I've observed this on a consistant basis. The future of the black community is indeed forming our own businesses, this was very well said Karmashines!
 

karmashines

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^ Not to mention those individuals starting their own business were probably much happier.

I use to think education was the 'answer', until I got out in the real world. Like everyone else, I busted my butt through school earning the appropriate grades, Associate's Degree, and certifications, but it wasn't enough. I ended up establishing a career in a field so opposite from what I majored in it's ridiculous.

I have given up on Corporate America. My last job was typical corporate; the pay was excellent, but the supervisor was a racist, crazed *****. The environment was stuffy and snobbish on top of that. They'd call you out if you went to the bathroom too many times. And no matter how hard you work, you're never appreciated. **** that **** (excuse my french). The job that I have now involves me working 100% at home, and I don't have to deal with that whatsoever. I'm hoping, however, to have complete financial freedom by establishing myself entreprenurially. That way transcription (which can be somewhat tedious at times), would be optional.

Now, if I could only convince my mom more of my viewpoint. She's really pressed on me getting a Bachelor's and moving up in Corporate. I don't have the time or interest in all of this though; the little bit of free time I have I'd rather be working on one of my online stores, or promoting my affliate links. I have no desire to ever be a traditional employee, unless my financial situation was extremely dire. And even then, I would not intend on moving up, because half the time they don't want to even give you a chance!
 

Therious

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werd entrapreneurship can be tedious, but its worth it.i never could see my self in corporate amerikkka, thats why i left school. Now a days i work on my bizinesses and find my self wanting to take college courses just for growth.
 
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