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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.

Articles by Colby B. Jubenville

Lessons from '60 Minutes'

When I was a kid on Sundays my dad would always have the "60 Minutes" television program on. My brothers and I had an open invitation to watch. Published December 7, 2017

Building a culture of self-reliance

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." Published October 18, 2017

In this June 13, 2017 photo, University of Houston incoming students tour the campus as part of an orientation in Houston. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Bridging the 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. Published October 5, 2017

Self-help: Re-engage your passion

School has started and it made me think about students who have transitioned from college to professional, and the various stages of our careers and life. Published September 1, 2017

Illustration on unemployment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Employment and gainful employment: Know the difference

Ashley Yazbec, an account manager for Wiley, and an MFA graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, recently wrote on the Wiley website about the fact that job prospects remain dismal for American youth. Published August 25, 2017

Untypical education inspires and teaches

Remember Ben Affleck's 2016 thriller "The Accountant?" In it, Mr. Affleck plays an autistic forensic accountant who just so happens to be a lethal hit man as well. (Thank you, Hollywood.) Published August 18, 2017

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)

Back-to-school: Teach 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. Published August 2, 2017

Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill

Country Music Awards and rewards

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. Published June 8, 2017

U.S. Naval Academy graduates celebrate at the end of the academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Friday, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

College commencement: Beginning another beginning

Soon after I turned 18 years old, my parents drove me from my hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and dropped me off at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi , where I was set to attend college and play football. Published May 28, 2017

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 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." Published May 12, 2017

Chicago Bears' first round draft pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, from North Carolina, poses with a Bears' jersey during an NFL football news conference Friday, April 28, 2017, in Lake Forest , Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Go pro: Apply NFL Draft process to life

Myles Garrett. Mitchell Trubisky. Solomon Thomas. They all share something in common. By virtue of being drafted (read: hired) first, second and third overall in the recent NFL draft, they are considered the best young football players in America. Published May 3, 2017

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 options that give back

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. Published April 11, 2017

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)

Speaking truth to power about financial literacy

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. Published April 6, 2017

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)

How to earn your halo

To make a difference, you must first see the world as it is, with all its institutionalized injustices, then work to improve it by going your own way. Published March 31, 2017

Father-son talk

Time to shed light on the father-son talk, although not the one you might imagine. Published March 24, 2017

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

A Kissinger-like message for soon-to-be-grads

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. Published February 28, 2017

Do you know yourself?

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. Published February 9, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban gestures towards his players before an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga,  in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Associated Press has been selecting a college football coach of the year since 1998. The 2016 winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Coaching and living the dream

As a former college football coach, I well remember the work and effort involved in preparing a team of young men to work together and achieve victory. Every win felt like an epic struggle. Published December 14, 2016