The word ‘entrepreneur’ can be very intimidating. Instead of equating it with the likes of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates think about entrepreneurship as how you solve daily problems in your life. The accompanying picture is an entrepreneurial example of how in times of limited resources and stay-at-home restrictions we removed an old water heater by using a skateboard, a table-top, and some good old fashioned elbow grease.
Now more than ever we need bold ideas and determined action. They won’t arise from nowhere; it’s left to us – to you – to make it happen. This is a moment to imagine the new, and then build it. To serve others, and make the world incrementally better. First we need to beat the virus. Then it’s time to get to work.
We need people to think not only about how to get a job but how to make a job. All students should at least ask themselves ‘How can I turn my skills into a company or a career?’ The below link is to an article from the Kaufman Foundation and the work that they are doing. Of interest is how they are collaborating with educators, students, families, businesses, industry and entrepreneurs to reimagine high school at scale.
The challenge is not limited to high school. We at First Pivot are working with two additional groups, primary schools and the 50+ age population. Both can benefit greatly from the addition of entrepreneurial skills. Our focus with primary schools is to complement the current investment in STEAM with entrepreneurial skills to turn ideas into action. With the 50+ age group we are building on their vast work experience and learnings and helping them create their future.
We are all in this together. We all have the capability to be entrepreneurial.