Recently I was fortunate enough to supply a speech to a group of youngsters! I was told that these kids were considered “at-risk youth” because they had terrible grades in addition to behavioral troubles, however more to the point, these kids were not university material, in addition to thought they had no future, and schools are terrible for making kids guess that going to university is the only way to have a bright future, I guess that is BS.
I am living proof – I barely graduated from middle school, in addition to never took one university class, in addition to yet I own my own business, my own house, in addition to make a great living, as a roofing dealer, I will be able to send my own children to university one morning… if that is what they want to do! Learning a trade in addition to becoming skilled at roofing was more extravagant to me than any university; This is what I wanted to impart to these so-called “at risk” teens, because the guidance counselor will never tell them to try a work in roofing, and of course I encouraged them to seek out any trade, including Heating in addition to Air Conditioning repair, plumbing, carpentry, in addition to more, but since my own personal experience was in roofing that was my focus.
I handed out several company cards for my roofing dealer, to encourage these teens to call me in addition to start their own works. I had to explain that roofing is a easily hard task, much harder than flipping burgers, but that it paid remarkably well for the people who could handle it. I hope I reached some of these kids in addition to made a difference.