LDS missions, church responsibilities make Mormons good entrepreneurs

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  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    May 15, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    I'm not so sure a Mission does anything to improve your vocational abilities. I walked in the rain and knocked on doors for 2 years that were never opened. Not once did I ever give a first discussion. But I hung in. I've been selling most of my life but it didn't have a thing to do with the Mission experience. I wanted to become a geologist but couldn't get through the math.

  • Jeanie b. Orem, UT
    May 14, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    At the annual Christmas party for a large southern California company my husband worked for we had to sit through one of the most disorganized and meandering talks I have ever heard by one of the top executives.

    We would begin to feel hopeful the end was in sight only to realize he was heading off in another direction.

    Time froze.

    It was all we could do to look more interested than desperate.

    I remember being struck by the thought that I had heard much more organized and prepared talks from children in Primary (the LDS organization for kids ages 3-11) or youth speakers (ages 12-18).

    I guess this man succeeded in business in spite of never having the opportunity of learning how to give talks as we do in the LDS culture, but he sure put a whole crowd through agony - and I'm certain we were not the only victims of his long winded, wondering speeches.

    (OK LDS members, no comments about High Council speakers!) :)

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 14, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    Hogwash! It teaches young men to work hard. To do often what they don't want to. To have self discipline. To be an entrepreneur, you need to look at ways of rewriting things. To challenge rules, and why things are done a certain way. The hard working, self discipline, patience, are all admirable traits, but not the ones that make risk takers. Entrepreneurship is all about looking at new ways of doing existing task, or creating net new task. Not something missionaries are taught to do.

    It doesn't take away from the missionary experience, and the strong benefits of that time served. But looking and working outside the box is not one of them.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    May 14, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    Hugh, I don't think this was done with any scientific evidence. This is just more of a fluff feel good piece on serving with a huge twist in faith promotion. It is nothing more nor nothing less. Just telling like it is.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 14, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    Missionary work is just like sales work. The process, the daily routine, and the training ... it's sales training. So when it comes to business and sales, those who were once missionaries have all the right tools AND experience for it.