Parenting makes you a better business person

Parenting makes you a better business person

In the five weeks that I’ve been a father, it’s dawned on me that parenting is exactly the same as running a business. If you want to be a better businessperson, I’d highly recommend becoming a parent. Both are exhausting, all-consuming and a financial pit but already I realise how parenting can make you better at business. To celebrate my five-week milestone of keeping a child alive I’ve come up with five lessons from parenting that will make you a better businessperson. Celebrate the small wins I got woken up by screaming at twelve-thirty in the morning after only getting to sleep after eleven. I then got kept up till three with a screaming baby fighting reflux. I’m about to start signing the adoption papers and then I get a smile. Despite a foul mood, suddenly everything is perfect Much like in business, you’ll face sleep deprivation, three hours of screaming and some major setbacks. However, the little moments, the small wins, are what make it all worthwhile. Every day find a win. I promise you it will make the tough moments irrelevant. Follow your gut I’ve had the misfortune of dealing with a wide variety of doctors during the past few weeks and I’ve learned to follow my gut. My son was diagnosed with potentially a major physiological problem and put into the hospital. I took him out, knowing what would be best for him. Whether you call it your gut, instincts or the unconscious, you know better. Much like Steve Jobs never asked his customers for their opinion, you know your business best. Routine and ritual Every night at...

Quora Question: “What role do universities play in making people successful?”

Very little and a lot I know so many people who have succeeded without a university degree. My current non-degree holding business partner has made more money and had more success than me in the past ten years and I have two university degrees! I have a Batchelor of Commerce as well as a Post Graduate from a Business School. As a wannabe entrepreneur, I spent five years wanting to quit university in order to run my own business. I hated almost every day of my tertiary education. Unless you’re a Doctor, Lawyer or Accountant you’ll learn very little about the real world in University. You’ll be learning from a textbook and through a professor who possibly hasn’t experienced the corporate life in many years. You’re also tested in a highly academic way. For example in an undergraduate you are required not to have your own opinions and all the essays you do has to be based on previous research. Only be the time you get to doctorate level do you have the opportunity to produce new information. In my mind that’s ridiculous and elitist. The same can be said for my Business School experience: we did so many different courses that the depth of knowledge was as shallow as a puddle. We didn’t learn anything substantial, rather focussing on a lot of different topics. The million dollar question (which is close to the cost for University/College in the US) is “whether one should go to University to become successful?” My answer is simple: Don’t go for the knowledge. You will use very little of the information you use...