BeyondTutoring is proud to present this guest post from our friend, Elsbeth Stoove of Amsterdam. I met Elsbeth through an amazing class to help business owners really thrive and was struck by her passion not just for business but for education. On this #WCW we honor and are honored by Elsbeth, her perspective and her words. Keep checking in as her amazing blog is going live soon and sure to be filled with terrific information! I am 34. I remember the time before the Internet and mobile phones. Things have changed so much since then. But some things, sadly, have probably still not changed at all.
When I was in high school, everything was about not being different. About blending in. It was also all about your grades, in all the classic subjects.
Going to university, I expected everything to be different. But it wasn’t really. It was before the financial crisis and everybody still assumed that a degree equaled instant access to a well-paid job.
Unfortunately, my degree in social psychology made it hard to find a job even before the crisis, let alone once it hit. This forced me to explore other options, working in lots of different jobs in lots of different locations. It wasn’t always easy and I had many moments of despair. Looking back, though, I am glad it turned out that way and really grateful for all the things I learned along the way.
Right now I am an entrepreneur, something I would never have believed you, had you told me this in my twenties. Sure, I had dreams, but it never even occurred to me that I could be my own boss — that you don’t necessarily need another person to tell you what to do.
This is what I hope will change ASAP for kids today. The traditional model is broken and doesn’t work for everyone. There will always be born entrepreneurs, children with unstoppable creative inspiration, or children with parents that give them the right example. But my hope is that every child will learn how to rely on him or herself. I hope each child will get the chance to discover what makes them happy, what their gift is and how they can put it to its best use.
This doesn’t mean that I think everyone should be self-employed or that regular subjects should be taken out of the curriculum. On the contrary, but just imagine a world where children are encouraged to discover and use their strengths — encouraged to discover their uniqueness without feeling like outcasts.
It doesn’t have to start at school. You can start at home too. Like so often, it’s the little things that can make a big impact. Don’t forget, we are more powerful than we think.Elsbeth Stoové has a master’s degree in social psychology. She lives in Amsterdam and works as a freelance e-learning designer, writer, and communications trainer. She loves discovering the world and meeting new people. Click here for her website (still under construction, but coming soon!).