Darren, I have rarely read such hogwash on this messageboard. Attention readers! <<Hogwash Alert>>
"Most academics do not understand business either – they understand books, exams, and qualifications."
"I personally only take advice from people who live it."
"The only MBA that really matters is a Massive Bank Account."
"If your bank manager understood business, he would have a business and he’d be making real money."
"People who have issues with selling and promotion are usually broke."
"More often than not, people who have a problem with promotions don`t fully believe in their product or don`t fully believe in themselves."
"In this way, you not only help people, you also get fricken rich!!!"
"Wealthy people choose to get paid based on RESULTS. Poor people choose to get paid based on TIME."
Darren, this sounds like stuff rattled off by multi-level marketing types. How about some fresh thinking please!! Your thoughts seem awfully pre-packaged. You have a right to your opinions but the tone of your post is really - as we like to say down at the Locust Valley Country Club - overcast. [ Been a country club member for most of my life, but what can I say, that`s just the crowd I prefer. There, see how bad it sounds?? ] Academics have contributed more to our society than anyone could ever imagine. EX: Nearly every major surgical advance in this country has come out of a teaching hospital. Avenues for drug discovery - and entire classes of drugs - have been uncovered by academics. Much of this country`s infrastructure - like the entire software industry - came out of academia. I think perhaps you should do some reading before you trot out any more of that "folk wisdom" of yours because you are *tragically* uninformed.
Education by the way, always works better than motivational seminars that simply tell people "you can do it" ... well sure ... but how? Business education teaches you how. Most entrepreneurs could do worse than investing their first $100k in an MBA. I`ve seen a lot of guys selling the quick buck and telling people that education isn`t the right answer... when education is not only the right answer, it is the only answer. You speak of this fictional manager of a bank branch, who only works at at the bank because he knows nothing about business. Maybe he works at the bank because he has a mortgage or wants health insurance or doesn`t want to run a business. Not everyone wants to run their own business and the decision to work for someone else is not a sign of weakness.
Another remark: people who have issues with selling or promotion are usually broke. Good God man, wipe that snot off your nose! Are you a limitless fontaine de mucus? [Can you tell I`m educated by the way I mix French and Latin? I do it beautifully, don`t I?] People who have issues with selling or promotion are usually disinterested in selling or promotion. Disinterest in selling or promotion is not a character flaw. I know a successful artist who has not the slightest interest in either, yet is very successful by artist standards. He lives well, has a nice home, and makes a good living. People who have money problems are people who have money problems, not people who fear promotion or selling. Money problems are not a character flaw either. You know how to cure money problems? EDUCATE MORE PEOPLE!