Are You a "Know HOW" or a "Know WHY"?

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Are You a "Know HOW" or a "Know WHY"?

Encourager-In-Chief: January 20th, 2016

I once took a tour of the graphic arts department of a Vo-Tech school. The instructor made an off-hand comment which I never forgot. He said, “I’ve learned two things since I’ve been working at this school and if I ever said them out loud, they would throw me out.”

I asked, “What are they?”

He said, “The ‘A’ students always wind up working for the ‘C’ students.”

I thought about what he said. I thought about Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and one of the richest men in the world, who started the company in his Harvard dorm room before he dropped out of college. He probably hires the best and brightest.

I said, “OK. That makes sense, but why is that?”

He said, “That is the second thing I’ve learned: The people that ‘know how’ always wind up working for the people who ‘know why’.”

Do you know people who think they know more about their job than their boss? Now you know why. Technical knowledge is valuable but it doesn’t pay as well as intellectual capital. You may be a great auto mechanic, but it doesn’t mean you have what it takes to run a repair shop. You have to know WHY a business works, not just HOW to do the work.

Before you think about starting your own business, talk to a seasoned veteran in a similar business. There is no substitute for hands-on experience.

When you’re through learning, you’re through earning.
- Dave Romeo

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