The eight rules Professor George Washington Carver lived by were:
- Be clean both inside and out.
- Neither look up to the rich nor down to the poor.
- Lose, if need be, without squealing.
- Win without bragging.
- Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.
- Be too brave to lie.
- Be too generous to cheat.
- Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.
Living by Dr. Carver’s rules would benefit any of us in our professional and personal lives. Living as he did creates better neighbors, employees, and citizens. The world would be a better place any time we commit to any of his principles. However, I invite technical college students to consider the opportunities that will be provided to them by living up to rule eight.
I don’t believe that the world owes us. Nevertheless, I’m confident that the world has provided more opportunities than we need to become affluent and successful. However, our share of the world is not free or a gift. We must invest in ourselves to claim our share. The investment should be such that it creates both a substantial near and midterm return. The investment we make in ourselves should make it easier to create generational wealth. Our children should be preconditioned to acquire the economic utility to take their share of the world when it’s their turn.
Our share of the world can be acquired either through luck, inheritance, or work. I suggest that only the wealthy rely on inheritance and that no one should rely on luck. A relevant education is the only reliable option available to claim our rightful share of what the world has to offer. I believe that Dr. Carver would be pleased if every American was prepared to compete. He knew that when you claim your rightful share, you will leave more behind than you take.