Cash or Class?
Rekindle the; entrepreneurial spirit within the young at heart. Peter Thiel from the Thiel Foundation recently gave a new class of students $100,000 to forgo college. His monetary prizes were to encourage students to drop out of college and become entrepreneurs on their own, before college ruined their entrepreneurial spirit. Thiel holds the perception that higher education impedes, rather than enhances, the development of creative ideas. Does this statement have merit? To find the answer, we first need to understand the issue. Once young minds get to college at the undergraduate level, these students become trained to follow a standard principle of book learning. The lecture hall echoes rhetoric being force-fed to students by professors who oftentimes have been in academia all their careers and not directly contributing to developing successful practices in business. Many college and university students are refined out of being imaginative.
Simply stated, students forget what it is like to encourage their imagination to voyage beyond book learning.
The entrepreneurial gene goes dormant or is lost forever because open creative minds are soon focused on grades and earning an education. The priority of entrepreneurial creativity is lost, too. This is particularly troubling because humanity has risen to the top of the food chain thanks to the risk that comes from creative thinking. This writer feels it was creative thought and the entrepreneurial spirit that drove us out of caves to cross large landmasses to create a better life. It is no different from developing successful
businesses today. The spirit to take flight, take risk and accomplish finishes second to caution and the fear of failure.
What’s lost is the understanding that inventiveness and creativity are important stimulators for ensuring the learning process. Entrepreneurship is a natural ability. We all have the entrepreneurship gene, although some people exercise it and some don’t. Imagine if an even greater percentage of people found a way to thrive using entrepreneurial thinking? There
are some very successful technology entrepreneurs, for example Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Mark Zuckerberg, who never graduated from college. J.R. Simplot, who died at the age of 99 with a net worth of $3.6 billion, created one of the largest privately held food and agribusiness companies in the nation – all without ever attending college. The effort is made to differentiate between education based on consumption of knowledge, and social experiences between educators and students. Our goal must be to hire back generations of creativeness as a proactive approach based on entrepreneurial thinking. Entrepreneurial thinking becomes consequence of shared learning between educator and student. It is safe to say the solutions for empowering entrepreneurial thinking rest in higher education. Since problems less of a problem by collaborative, common-sense. here are some academic solutions to bring about entrepreneurial thinking for those who did not win the Thiel $100,000 prizes.
- Recruit entrepreneurs to develop and create a class around their successful entrepreneurial experiences. Then offer courses experiences to
prepare interested students to be successful entrepreneurial. In this way, a student will be better equipped gage in taking the risk and experiencing the real world, including its challenges and disappointments.
Find out what motivates the individual, because one size does not fit all. Motivation becomes the central emotional drive that has power to advance
people. Such activities are fun, motivating thought-provoking to take part in, and they encourage the student’s natural crazy gene to float to the
- Incorporate a variety of innovative entrepreneurial strategies to prepare students to be successful in whichever career they choose.
- With a young fearless mind, everything is possible; an experienced entrepreneurial mentor is perhaps what you need.
- Don’t wait for college. Imagine if we could incorporate an innovative attitude into a middle school or high school setting
Perhaps the perception that higher education impedes rather than enhances the development of creative ideas is not entirely true. Obstructions of entrepreneurial ideas are more a result of not being prepared for the demands of every changing evolutionary obstacle that humanity must endure.
Our goal must be to bring back generations of creativeness as a proactive approach to entrepreneurial thinking.
Entrepreneurship is born out of need, as much as creativity is a natural byproduct of being at the top of the food chain. As the planet becomes more crowded, entrepreneurship becomes more critical to humanity’s survivability. Survivability resulting in prosperity will become dependent not so much on obtaining a college or university degree, but more on inspiring as many serial entrepreneurs as possible. Make Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg and J.R. Simplot the norm, not the exception to the rule.
by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011
Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ by Dr. Pietro
Pietro Savo E-Mail Link Dr.Pete@EducationIsPower.US
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