In reality though, school isn’t in session until you’re learning something.
If you’re making bad decisions and going through tough times without learning anything, that’s just stupidity, it’s not the school of hard knocks.
Learning in business means you have a defined goal you’re trying to achieve. It means you’re measuring your performance against that standard. It means you’re actively assessing how well you’re current strategies and tactics are getting you that result.
Again, just going about making mistakes and going through hard times…that’s not the school of hard knocks. That’s not the school of anything.