I have a friend who is remarkable in so many ways. Really intuitive when it comes to his work. A joy to be around when it comes to serious deliberation.
We were talking the other day and he mentioned that his multimillion dollar, 21 employee commercial real estate company struggled to such a degree in the early days that he and his partners would pow wow to decide who would get paid that week. He came to the point, perhaps more than once, where he was within weeks of making a mortgage payment and he had no idea where the dollars were coming from to make that happen.
He had recently been laid off and was attempting to sell his skills on the open market. He had no track record of success in commercial real estate, he had just gotten his MBA and the laid-off job was his first after interning while in school. Yet, not only was he trying to contract his services for a buck he was asking everyone he knew if they could hook him up with investors to take part in a deal.
Imagine what this guy's head must have been like as he went about convincing investors to write him a check: He'd just been laid-off and he was hustling to sell his services on contract right back to the industry that dissed him. While doing this he was asking investors to give him money to invest. He must have been fighting the notion that he was a fraud to self and others
Doubtless he had many dark moments. At those times he probably had to scramble to maintain his focus. He had to learn ways to persist time and again in the face of uncertainty and very difficult circumstances. He had to dedicate substantial resources and maintain that dedication for long periods of time. To look at him now all you see is an extremely successful man.
My friend also has a boy who is into programming and seems to be destined for a career that has at least a passing relationship with technology. That's great and wherever this boy goes to school I know ASIT can be there to ensure his learning environment is as supportive as it can possibly be.
This said, however, most educators would agree with Carol Dweck and note that most any lesson he is introduced to will simply not be as powerful as the lessons he can learn from his father. The focus, persistence, and dedication his father displayed are skills that will carry him over, under, around, and through any difficulty he encounters in his life.
If your campus needs a partner to help create the kind of environment where big lessons are learned, call ASIT today. .