In our grade-focused school years, the rules of success seemed as simple as making all As. However, in the working world, success is far more complex. Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success: How to Prosper Without Being at the Top of the Class offers hard-won wisdom on achieving professional glory that will serve as an invaluable resource to anyone who is contemplating a career, or for parents who want to help their children lay the groundwork for success in the workplace.
Over the course of my career, what I’ve learned is success in life doesn’t hinge upon getting the top grades. There are lots of average people who are highly successful. I’ve worked with entrepreneurs and start-ups companies for more than 15 years. I look at everything as if it’s a new product from an unknown start-up. Kids are a product of their education and experiences. In the end, they need to sell their product – their skills - to employers and customers. A start-up company isn’t about the product. It’s about the business of that product. What makes a start-up succeed or fail is what’s wrapped around the product. Let’s face it; a lot of really dumb products have been successful in the marketplace. The most advanced technical product with the best features doesn’t necessarily win. Kids are the same way. Success is more about those secondary skills and talents, then the core skill. It’s more about what’s surrounds the core talent. Just like start-ups, most people neglect to develop those other skills and the necessary perspective for success. They focus exclusively on the core talent.
In the book I draw from my own professional achievements and challenges to debunk common myths that can lead astray aspiring professionals in their early years of forging a career. I provide straight facts, anecdotes, and examples that will enable any individual who truly wants to succeed to launch their career on solid footing.
As the world’s economies become more interconnected and globalization continues, our children and young adults will need to function in an increasing hyper competitive business environment. They need to go beyond what’s taught in their formal school setting to find their path to success.
Cynthia Kocialski is the author of Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success and Startup From The Ground Up. In the past 15 years, she has been involved in dozens of start-ups and has served on various advisory boards. For more details about the book, go to Amazon or go to her website www.cynthiakocialski.com. Connect with Cynthia on facebook.