This month’s article is going to be a little different in that it has no direct connection to income taxes or running your business. Having said that, this article could have some impact on your future graduate’s student loan debt or cost of education, and so could fall under the personal finance category. If you have one of the following people in your life that you care about, then read on. If not, then skip this portion of the newsletter and take a couple of seconds to see if one of the tax or business related articles below interest you.
The short list of whom this is directed towards is:
You or someone you know has a child that is headed to high school.
You or someone you know has a child that might be done with high school and is headed to college.
You or someone you know with someone in your life who doesn’t have a lot of direction with career pursuits.
You or someone you know who feels like they never quite found the right career path.
If any of those categories apply to you, don’t be surprised. We all know someone that fits there. We might even see ourselves there, right!?!
What caused me to want to write this article and share this information is this. Almost three weeks ago my son Austin graduated from Fresno State College and I was reflecting on his time there. I remembered that when we attended orientation one of the student chaperones told us, almost proudly, that the average student in college changes their major three (3) times. THREE!!! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. That doesn’t seem like the best path to success. And then, while listening to a podcast from EntreLeadership, I learned that according to a recent Gallup Poll only 33% of workers in the U.S. are “engaged” in their jobs. Seems to me that an awful lot of people out there aren’t in careers in which they were designed to thrive.
For this reason, I would like to share a couple of resources with you.
The first is Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation
. This is a Non Profit aptitude testing center and comprehensive aptitude testing is all they do. Since 1922, nonetheless. The history
and story amazes me because someone in General Electric had the vision to start studying aptitudes in 1922 and form the Non Profit dedicated exclusively to that study. Johnson O’Connor states, “Aptitudes are natural talents, special abilities for doing, or learning to do, certain kinds of things easily and quickly. They have little to do with knowledge or culture, or education, or even interests. They have to do with heredity. Musical talent and artistic talent are examples of such aptitudes.
"Some people can paint beautifully but cannot carry a tune. Others are good at talking to people but are slow at paperwork. Still others can easily repair a car, but find writing difficult. These basic differences among people are important factors in making one person satisfied as a banker, another satisfied as an engineer, and still another satisfied working as an editor.” What a wonderful resource for those among us who truly want to understand our unique gifts and how we might use them to the best benefit for ourselves, our family and society in general. The aptitude testing through Johnson O’Connor isn’t free and some might even call it expensive – but to that I say, so is changing college majors three times.
The second and less expensive resource I would like to point you to is the Discovery Report
which is based on common D.I.S.C. profiling. One of the things I like best about this service are the parent and teacher sections of the Teen Profile that covers how we might approach our children from a parenting and teaching perspective. I can tell you that I did not have the insight to honestly pick out and understand how different my sons’ personalities were. If, as parents, we could do that, then we would have far more success in helping to guide our children in the best manner. Again, there is amazing insight here and for the money it could be an absolute fantastic tool for understanding.
How many of us can absolutely point our finger towards those things that make us uniquely amazing? What if we could help our youth (or ourselves) figure out exactly at what we were genetically designed to thrive. I personally feel like an incredible amount of good could come from it and honestly feel like not helping our youth to understand this is unfair. The truth is we were not all designed to follow the same career paths. We are not all supposed to be equally as good at everything as everyone else. We are uniquely designed.
If you consider using one of these tools and would like some personal comments please feel free to call or e-mail me. Our family has used both and I think they can both be invaluable if used in the right manner.