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Do I need to be a genius at math to study business?

Asked by nailpolishfanatic (6590 points ) June 30th, 2011

In August I am starting my second semester in my business basics in HS. I love it because there is a lot of language. Icelandic and English and also a lot of math. I enjoy all these subjects very much but I wouldn’t count myself as a mathematician.
So I was wondering that does a person need to always receive straight A’s as they call them over there in the States (they are called 10’s here). I do always get over 5. Mostly 6–8s, which is pretty darn good in my opinion.
So what do you think?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You don’t need to be a math genius to be good in business. It’s more about reading people and knowing trends in the way people buy and use things.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Thank you! Will keep that in mind.

roundsquare's avatar

“Business” is a very general term. What kind of business? For some things, you do need to be pretty good at math but in general, you don’t need to be that great at math. But, learn some statistics, at least enough so that people can’t pull the wool over your eyes.

Photosopher's avatar

Only one simple math formula is required to succeed in US business. It’s learned at an early age when negotiating the cookie jar with Mum.

Ask for two, when hoping for one.

Remember that, and you shall succeed at every turn my friend.

kourkoubini's avatar

The better you are at math the better you understand everything

gailcalled's avatar

Being accurate in your accounting methods keeps you honest and free from the IRS, if you’re lucky.

athenasgriffin's avatar

I’m in college for business, and I’m not great at math.

mowens's avatar

Hell I suck at math and I was a computer science major. Which I realize doesnt answer your question, but my point is that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.

YARNLADY's avatar

In school, there are many assignments that require math. In the real world, not so much.

While you are in school, be sure to ask for help if you need it and don’t let yourself fall behind. There are tutors available for a reasonable fee, or free through the school counseling office.

To get straight A’s all you have to do is spend every waking minute doing your assignments and as much extra credit work as you can. Forgo a social life.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I guess I am okay to continue. I am not a complete bubble head at math hehe

linguaphile's avatar

What @Adirondackwannabe said. Also, if you’re smart, you’ll hire people to do what you can’t do for you and praise them for it. If you can’t balance a ledger, get someone who can and team up.

The_Idler's avatar

Certainly not, ‘business’ is a set of judgement skills and training to understand and exploit trends and forces in society and the markets. Also, balancing co-operation and manipulation.

There will be maths involved in your training, but it will be extremely simple, and you wouldn’t have to excel in it, to make a career in business. In the world of business, those with the maths skills will do the jobs that require them, but there are plenty of other jobs for you to do if that isn’t your strong point, and there are plenty of other, different, highly-valued skills, characteristics and abilities you can acquire or make use of.

roundsquare's avatar

Everyone here is right, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the math. If you can understand the math, at least at a fairly good level, you will be better able to communicate with the people who the hardcore math. That ability, communication with different types of people and people in different roles, is exceedingly useful in business.

nationsfairylee's avatar

Not at all! My sister is far from being a genius but she studies very hard. She’s graduated 2 years ago and has a business degree now. Even if you aren’t a math genius if you work hard enough you can pass business school. Besides they let you use calculators anyway.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@nationsfairylee Hahaha what a great way of describing your sister’s math skills ;)
I do study very hard during my school semesters. I will definitely keep on the hard work.

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