A path to power

As teenage boys, we might have been as unfocused as this rare photo of us as bricklayers, but learning a real trade was profitable – in more ways than one.

When I was 16, I thought I’d take the summer off. My mom thought otherwise, enrolling me and a buddy into bricklaying class. We learned a trade, started a business and were self-employed for four summers.

Working outside, scraping together materials, building something lasting with a team – that was exhilarating. Sure, I’ve had a desk job for decades, but I was happier knowing I had a real skill to fall back on.

Columnist David Brooks wrote about the crisis among young men who’re increasingly lonely, disaffected, falling behind and misusing guns. I recommend training them early to build something constructive.

–  Chris SchroderThe 100 Companies