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How Teaching Makes Me A Better Entrepreneur

I teach anywhere from 3hrs-12hrs/week year-round in a trio of graduate certificate programs at a Toronto-based public college. The random collection of hours is the life of contract faculty. But after 10 years of it, I’ve gotten into the rhythm of each term. As much as I enjoy teaching, it does take away hours and cognitive energy from working on Sticky Brain projects. And I’m not hunting out a full-time teaching job. So, people ask me why bother with teaching at all? Typically, I respond that it’s my ideal community service, a way to give back to the industry at a foundational level. Sometimes I joke that that helping my students succeed as industry professionals is part of my retirement plan – so they feel compelled to hire me as a consultant on their projects and businesses in 20 years (jk! NR). When I reflect on it though, teaching forces me to...