Las Vegas native and entrepreneur Nicholas W. Jones, founder of his consulting firm NWJ Inc., is involved in a number of companies and ventures working with a wide variety of clients on branding, marketing, web development and overall business management. Still, he values education and has degrees in economics and business management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as a background working in finance.
“My education has been very beneficial to me,” he said. “It helped me understand so many things including the importance of a business and marketing plan, understanding strategy and different dynamics with employees. My education has made me more effective the last 15 years.”
As a frequent lecturer for the executive M.B.A. program at UNLV, Jones discusses the many factors necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. “It takes a special personality, and it is not good or bad, it is just different. You need it, if you are a self-motivator and can roll with the punches. In a normal work environment, there is more team building, especially at the beginning since there are specific processes in place for measurement of peer review. When you are starting your own company, you are setting that foundation.”
He encourages all entrepreneurs to continue their education with its many benefits that may not be readily apparent. “Many times when you are in a collegiate atmosphere or university, you meet other creative, smart people and the networking is very beneficial,” Jones explained. Many of the contacts he made came through people he met at college. “You are also able to discern the type of people who you want to work with in the future since many of them (attending college) are also self-starters and motivated with initiative.”
While in college, Jones was given the opportunity to see how other people functioned in a creative environment before working with people in a professional environment. He also believes that getting a higher education gives an individual a core foundation as well as demonstrates the ability to begin and finish a project.
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