If you watch NFL and NBA games, they always introduce the starting players, along with the college they attended.
Why do they do this?
I personally think it’s to grease the skids of the self-perpetuating machine the NCAA and those two businesses have created.
Like the U of North Carolina continuing to get credit for Michael Jordan’s success throughout his career.
The only reason I know MJ went to NC is they would mention the school every time he was introduced on TV when I was a kid.
The fact is, Michael Jordan was successful because he put in the work. He could have attended Flamin’ Joe’s Super Duper Junior College and still become one of the best basketball players ever.
It had nothing to do with the training regimen under the basketball coach at UNC.
But UNC still gets a bunch of free publicity every time MJ is introduced.
When you’re an entrepreneur, what you’ve done in the past is completely irrelevant.
Where you went to school, what jobs you’ve had in the past, who you’ve dated…
As Seth Godin put it: “You are not your resume. You are the trail you’ve left behind, the people you’ve influenced, the work you’ve done.”
If you’re competing for a “real job,” it might make a difference where you went to school.
When you’re an entrepreneur, it’s a blank slate.
I attended Regent University. It was all online. I received two degrees, a (aptly named) B.S. and an M.A. in political science.
Now I create podcasts about music. Occasionally I play music in professional settings.
My work is well-regarded by people in my niche (as far as I know.)
Truth be told, the work it took to get those degrees has contributed greatly to my current work. Perhaps I’ll talk about that later.
But the letters that I’m “entitled” to put after my name in professional settings is irrelevant to my work.
Question: Do you have a community of fellow musician/entrepreneurs where you hang out? To get the support, guidance and fellowship you need to succeed?
That’s why I created the MusicPreneur.Community. Its members don’t put a bunch of letters after their names (although a few of them could if they wanted.)
They’re just regular folk who are making it happen as entrepreneurs. They’re adding real value to their own businesses, which in turn adds value to the world around them.
I’d like for you to join in the fun! Just click this link to join the Facebook group, introduce yourself, then engage in the dialogue.