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School of Thought No matter what you studied, your education can help guide you.

By Rieva Lesonsky

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Did you know what you wanted to be when you were 21? Were youone of those "born to be an entrepreneur" types? I knew Iwanted to be a journalist--that's why I attended the renownedMissouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri,Columbia--but I sure didn't set out to be the editor of abusiness magazine.

I was reminded of this last night when I attended my first-everMizzou alumni function (yes, it took me 31 years after graduatingto show up at one of those events). In addition to the alumni,about a dozen students from the university were there, all membersof the advertising club. As they introduced themselves, most ofthem told us what they wanted to do/be after graduation. I'msure many of them won't fulfill their current dreams.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Some of us may know whatwe want to do when we're that young, but many of us don't.I suspect most of you didn't set out to be entrepreneurs. Sincethe average age of Entrepreneur readers is 39, most of youdidn't have the option of studying entrepreneurship incollege--there simply weren't a lot of options. It may be alittle late for you, but if your children want to follow in yourentrepreneurial footsteps, clickhere and check out our 3rd annual ranking of the nation'stop entrepreneurial programs.

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