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In college? Starting a Business Later? Learn Accounting and Sales.

Question from a reader --

"Hello, you don't know me of course, but I've been reading your posts for a while and it kinda makes me do greater things than I usually do (well mostly it makes me "wanna" do greater things but there has been noticeable improvement). But let me cut to the chase. I'm a relatively decent economics student from Croatia, but my problem is the college isn't really teaching me anything practical so when I leave the said institution in two years I'll be left with no definitive skill with real application in the current economic state, or any economic state I'm afraid. With this as my base http://sebastianmarshall.com/my-best-guess-as-to-what-an-aspiring-artist-should-do (as I'm also a photographer), and my usual voracious reading appetite, is there anything more you can recommend to someone who would like to one day start his own business, like books ,specific areas and skill sets to develop? The stuff I'm already working on is programming, social skills and developing a hard-working mindset (or maybe its smart-working) that my current social group/peers/family lack. Thanks, M"

Seems like you're on the right track with the learning. Here's two recommendations --

1. Accounting2. Sales

First, accounting is the most useful course to take at university if you want to run your own company.

Most Corporate Meetings are Like Nascar

On A Driver Minded Guy Living in a Passenger Minded World

In my professional career, I have learned the higher you go in an organization, the more meetings you are required to attend. Whether it be team meetings, meetings about meetings, meetings to prepare for upcoming meetings, or marathon conference calls, the map of corporate america is littered with meetings.

Although effective and efficiently run meetings can be a great value to any organization, the percentage of effective versus ineffective meetings is despairing. Most meetings consist of agendas, warring parties vying for power or influence, or misguided attempts to justify someone's salary. So how are these meetings like NASCAR?

Not bashing this... sport, but for the life of me, I have yet to understand the thrill of NASCAR. Simply put, you have a number of cars driving around a circle at max speeds. I agree there is a lot of strategy involved, but they are still driving around a circle. No progress made.

Another issue I have had with the race is the length. Why not race only a couple of cars for say 10 laps, determine the winner and have something similar to a tournament style system determine the fastest car? In my humble opinion, this would make the races a lot more entertaining. The long, 200 laps of constant circling leaves anyone waiting for the inevitable, and sometimes exciting crash that breaks up the droning, circular marathon.

So back to my point, how are most meetings and NASCAR similiar? Here are a couple of similiarites:

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