Tell Me, Teach Me, Involve Me — Education and Training is a Profit Center?

Education is Not a Cost
In a recent URG on the Go podcast, DJ Harrington asked me about weighing the costs of training versus the benefits. My answer was, “There are no costs to education.” Plain and simple, all education is an investment and, if monetized properly, should be considered a profit center.

Without employees aspiring to be their best and wanting what is best for the company, you have nothing. High-performing, well-educated team members generate revenue. Anyone can buy inventory, but the only way to maximize the value of it is to build a team that can support it through the procurement, inventory, dismantling, sales, and post-sales processes.

Ben Franklin’s View on Training and Education
Ben Franklin once said, “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will learn”. Learning in seminars or online followed up by on-site teaching, and hands-on engagement returns higher education and retention rates. ARA University is a phenomenal resource for our Industry and should be your go-to source of great online learning.

Owners must be passionate about developing their team to their highest potential. Don’t get hung up on registration costs for a convention. Consider it a deposit on their advanced degree. Invest in your people and reap the rewards.

DJ Harrington ­— “Best of the Best”
As a life-long learner, DJ has always been passionate about the Auto Recycling Industry. He has dedicated his life to promoting our Industry through seminars, books, personal connections, and involvement at all major conventions. More importantly, he is someone who continually promotes education. Anyone who knows DJ would agree that he is very Ben Franklinesque. DJ is an innovator, educator, author, statesman, philosopher, and believer.

The Rest of the Ben Franklin Story . . .
Ben Franklin was born the 10th son of 17 children of a man who made soap and candles. Benjamin learned to read very early. His formal education ended at the age of 10. This “uneducated” man became one of the foremost of the Founding Fathers, helping to draft the Declaration of Independence, and was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher.

Education is a lifelong process. We can all tell, teach, and be involved in making our Industry stronger.

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