The World Wants YOU!
[A job description from the world to all middle school students]
“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable.” – Hannah Arendt
You are a junior high student who believes that NOT sitting numbly in your desk, but rather learning about and embracing entrepreneurship, is critical to shaping a moral and socially just world. You spend your days daydreaming about how you can make the world a better place. You are able to think outside of the box and create initiatives that can generate value and serve others. You have researched opportunities such as Peter Thiel’s Fellowship, “a two-year program for young people who want to build new things [where young people] skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.” Or, you’ve realized that you can already get experience in “a real job in a real role creating real value” before (and even without) even graduating high school because, as the pioneers of Praxis point out, “The world has already changed. You can be on the leading edge.” You are more interested in being educated about how to write a business plan than memorizing information on cue cards. You are someone who loves making ideas happen. Were you that child that took cookies from your mother’s pantry and sold them to your classmates for more than half what they were worth? Or, were you the one who bought tiny trees for a $1 and sold them to classmates at school for $2 on National Plant a Tree day? Maybe you started up a small landscaping company and hired your classmates to work with you. If you are always someone with initiative and creativity, always having new ideas—whether it’s building a tiny house community, selling lemonade, dreaming up an ocean container pizza truck, or developing a robot to do your homework—then we want you!
Do you have the traits the world is looking for? According to Entrepreneur.com, some of these traits include: determination, risk-taking, high confidence, willingness to fail, a love of learning, and adaptability. You have tried something more than ten times. You have persevered until you delivered the desired results. You have brainstormed about something for more than three days. You have revised an important title idea or thought through domain names for weeks. You have been willing to be audacious. You have tried something and not been afraid of the consequences of your idea going utterly nowhere. Albert Einstein once said, “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Jack Ma recalls he was rejected from Harvard ten times. He was rejected from working at KFC. He became the first Chinese entrepreneur to be featured on the cover of Forbes and his net worth is now 22 billion. We are looking for people with humility, whose sense of humour can transcend their failures and take them to new heights. Do you love learning for your own sake, not for your teachers, your parents, or for mere grades? Can you adapt well to different cultures and different environments? And can different cultures “shock” you to the point of being mobilized to every greater creativity, communication, and change-making? These are the traits we are seeking. They are in high demand.
You will create value. You will take responsibility. You will show respect by showing up on time. You will practice integrity in the little things. As Admiral McRaven says in his “Reasons to Make Your Bed Everyday”: “If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.” Do you go above and beyond? Does it make you happy and bring you personal satisfaction to exceed expectations? How do you set yourself? How do you distinguish yourself from others? We want you if you admire excellence and aspire to it. We want you if you refuse to cut corners because you have a passion instead for going the extra mile. We expect you to know yourself. We expect you to take time to reflect on the things that matter ultimately and to be a person of character as a result of this reflection. We expect you to consider your education never complete, your experience never finished, your understanding never perfectly complete. We expect you to be an example worth imitating.
Your compensation will be rich. Many people think that the world only rewards talent. The world rewards effort and many talents are merely the result of effort, of hard work and dedicated perseverance. What do you want to make? Is your first answer economic? Focus first on making yourself, moulding yourself into the kind of person who deserves to be compensated financially. Do not expect anything, except of yourself. This is the surest way to receive the most. Your compensation will not be commensurate with credentials. That’s an outdated mode of thinking. No, your compensation will be commensurate with value-creation. Deliver and you will thrive. Love to serve and we would love to have you.
All interested applicants are now invited to apply.
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Ma, J. (2015, January 24). Harvard rejected me 10 times! [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5BKaDCda_0
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The Thiel Fellowship. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2017, from http://thielfellowship.org/