Guest, Winston Shrout
I have to admit…there are a couple of important life concepts that took me awhile to understand. First, many of the things we encounter in our lives are not always what they initially appear to be. And second, discovering the truth about something doesn’t always happen quickly or easily. Based on personal experience, and many years of observation, these two concepts seem to apply equally to things out in the world as well as people and situations close to home. Understanding these concepts has played a big part in my growth as an individual and as an educator.
After graduating from college with a degree in psychology – with little hope of getting a paying job – I supported myself and my family by working as a carpenter in the construction industry. For the most part, I enjoyed the work I was doing, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had another “true calling”. Over time, I began to notice that in my daily interactions with the world of commerce there were many inconsistencies and contradictions. Eventually, I found myself drawn to studying the history, origins and foundational concepts related to commerce. I began to understand that the commercial world we deal with every day is often not what it appears to be. And like many things in life that take time and effort to fully understand, at a certain point it became clear to me that my life’s work would focus on helping other people understand the truth about how commerce really works.