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Colby B. Jubenville — Go Your Own Way

Colby B. Jubenville

Colby B. Jubenville

Colby B. Jubenville, Ph.D., holds an academic appointment at Middle Tennessee State University and is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and inventor. He was raised by two educators who taught him that if you want to take on the world, you marry an educator, become an educator and teach and coach others. Today, he teaches and coaches others how to monetize their knowledge, skill, desire, confidence, likeability, networks and how to ultimately not choose the way of the herd, but to "go their own way." Follow him: @drjubenville on Twitter.

SELF-HELP: The Peter Pan syndrome

Recently, I came across the book by Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a first-time elected office holder, titled "The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance."

The political leanings at major universities clearly favor Democratic presidential hopefuls. Nearly 99% of contributions from employees at "Big 10" universities go to Democrats, according to an analysis by College Fix. (Associated Press, file)

EDUCATION: Bridge the workforce skills gap

I recently cited an article written by marketing expert Ashley Yazbec smartly pointed to research showing that while 72 percent of educational institutions believe recent graduates are ready for work only 42 percent of employers believe the same.

In this Feb. 6, 2017, photo, Celiah Aker, a ninth grader in her fifth year of enrollment in an online charter school named the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT, works on her business and administrative services class at her desk in her home in Medina, Ohio. Members of Ohio's State Board of Education voted Monday, June 12, 2017, to seek repayment of $60 million in funding for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, one of the nation's largest online charter schools, in a dispute over how attendance is tracked. Aker addressed the board members Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

EDUCATION: Self-directed learning

Everyone agrees that education in the United States could be better; but no one seems to want to allow education to be different. The reality is that for education to be better, it must first, be different.

Country Music Awards millennials

Tens of thousands of diehard country music fans will descend on downtown Nashville for the annual Country Music Association (CMA) Festival. The event offers a rare opportunity not just to see dozens of top-tier country music artists perform but also to meet and greet those stars, as well as some of the up-and-coming acts the various record labels situated on nearby Music Row aim to make it big.

Book jacket "Fake Work: Why people are working harder than ever but accomplishing less, and how to fix the problem," by authors B.D. Peterson and G.W. Nielson

Fake news, fake work

Psychology of work researchers B.D. Peterson and G.W. Nielson in their 2009 research, titled "Fake Work: Why people are working harder than ever but accomplishing less, and how to fix the problem," found that about half of the "work" that employees accomplish "fails to advance the organizations' strategies."

In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 photo, an unidentified person leaves the EZ Money Check Cashing storefront in Omaha, Neb. About 80 Nebraska businesses offer payday loans, according to the state Department of Banking and Finance. Several of these businesses, including EZ Money, have multiple storefronts. A Nebraska legislative committee on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, will hear two vastly different approaches to regulating the payday lending industry. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Financial literacy empowers blacks

As I described it in previous blog posts, the TRUTH Card empowers millions of African Americans and people of color with a new viable financial solution for those who cannot get a bank account, ultimately freeing themselves from check-cashing or payday-lending options.

In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 photo, an unidentified person leaves the EZ Money Check Cashing storefront in Omaha, Neb. About 80 Nebraska businesses offer payday loans, according to the state Department of Banking and Finance. Several of these businesses, including EZ Money, have multiple storefronts. A Nebraska legislative committee on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, will hear two vastly different approaches to regulating the payday lending industry. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Financial literacy: Speaking truth to power

A new pre-paid debit card specifically for African Americans has the potential to empower people of color, put badly needed funds into the "frontlines" of our inner city church charities, give assistance to young African American adults seeking a better education or trade and spread the message to go your own way.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Associated Press) **FILE**

Henry Kissinger lessons on decision-making

Just the other day, through a friend, I was able to connect with former state lawmaker and current Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. I was able to talk to him about the new Center for Coaching and Student Success that I recently was able to launch at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, near Nashville. The goal aim is to help soon-to-be-graduates bridge the gap between graduation and gainful, meaningful employment.

Self help: Know thyself as a good Samaritan

While driving near campus the other day, I noticed a student who was obviously visually impaired. I could tell he was panicked as he continued to walk in the same circle over again, unable to get his bearings and figure out where he was.