‘Be master of one’

Students told to focus on their true talent

Barbados has developed a culture where there are jacks of all trades but masters of a few –– or none.

This assertion from motivational speaker and former teacher Corey Worrell, who told hundreds of students today that many Barbadians wanted
to do too many things at the same time while ignoring “that one talent” they were good at.

Worrell was delivering the feature address during the Small Business Association (SBA) Enterprise In Action (EIA) symposium at Hilton Barbados Resort today.

Using himself as an example (how he channelled his talkativeness to become a motivational speaker), Worrell, who is the director of C2J Foundation Inc., urged students to use their talents to their advantage.

“We in this society have developed a culture where we have jacks of all trades but we have masters of none or few . . . . Jacks of all trades means that we can do a lot of things and, as you say, do them poorly; but there are not many Barbadians who have become masters.

“I know some people will challenge me on that, but there are not many globally known Barbadians because we have become jacks of all trades,” said Worrell.

Singling out Barbadians such as superstar Rihanna, cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers and entertainer Michael Mikey Mercer, Worrell said they were changing the world based on their best talents.

Worrell told the students there were four main things that would influence who they became and, by extension, the type of businesses they would be involved in.

“What you watch, what you read, what you listen to and who you hang out with will influence who you are; and who you are will influence your enterprise,” he said.

“There are others, but you see that one thing; it will feed you, it will clothe you and it will allow you to buy nice things,” he added.

During the symposium the enthusiastic students spoke of their experience in developing their various business projects during the 2013/2014 academic year. Students set up operations ranging from cooking and baking, to printing services, beverages, crafts and even a hair salon.

Some students of St George Secondary
Some students of St George Secondary looking on as Tia Phillips of Springer Memorial applies make-up to one of her colleagues Shanice Jack.

The EIA, which was started in 2009 and is sponsored by First Citizens Bank, saw eight secondary schools taking part this year, along with the Roland Edwards Primary School.

A highlight of this year’s symposium was the launch of the EIA website www.youth.sba.bb and the EIA Student Card that will provide participating students with discounts when they shop at SBA member enterprises.


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