Dreams Come True If You Allow Them ToBy: Leanna KirchEntrepreneurship
What Is an Entrepreneur?● An Entrepreneur is a creative and innovativeindividual who implements ideas to start abusiness.■ Create a job for themselves andpotentially for others.■ They ultimately take on a great amountof financial risk.● Not all entrepreneurs start a business toachieve a higher profit, most are trying toexpand on their ideas.
Who Becomes An Entrepreneur?● Entrepreneurs○ did better in highschool than they did incollege.○ come from middleclass or upper-lowerclass families○ have high self- esteemand close peerconnections● Entrepreneurial valuesusually begin to appearduring youth.
Leadership Skills● Entrepreneurs are natural bornleaders.● More than half of all entrepreneurswere not satisfied while workingunder someone else.● A majority of entrepreneurs werethe first in their families to launch abusiness.Leadership Skills are shaped by:○ Negative and positive familyinfluences○ Previous life experiences○ Past occupations○ Childhood
Creativity and Critical Thinking● Entrepreneurs are themost creative individualsin society.● Entrepreneurs have theability to invent, combineconcepts and composenovel ideas.● New discoveries areuncovered by theentrepreneurial mind.● The generation of newideas is a critical part ofentrepreneurship
The Risk of Entrepreneurship● Entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks ordeal with change○ have elevated initiative○ determined to go through with their ideas○ willing to endure any consequences● There’s a chance of failure, especially if themanaging individual cannot focus on onlyone thing at a time.● Approaches toward the project are shapedby existing constraints○ Pressures cause an individual to go about things in adifferent way
Useful Ideas● The lifeblood ofentrepreneurship isnovel and beneficialideas○ Ideas must be rationaland well-thoughtthrough○ Original ideas havethe potential ofgenerating revenue○ Ideas must appeal toa particular market
The Skills Possessed● Tenacity/ stubbornness● Motivation● Courage● Determination● Self-Discipline● Creative● Confidence● Open minded● Competitive● Outgoing● Passion
Why Starting a Business CouldBenefit you● Entrepreneurial success isthe greatest way to achievepersonal growth, as well aspossible fortune andindependence.○ The benefits in the long runare endless; it’s just a matterof formulating ideas andacting upon them.○ Occupational independence○ Ability to improvise onthoughts and ideas
Now You Get to Make MarshmallowTowers...● You will be provided with:○ 20 sticks of spaghetti○ 10 toothpicks○ 2 ft. of string○ 3-4 in. of duct tape○ 4 large marshmallows○ 5 small marshmallows○ 1 green marshmallow● I will put you into groups of 3 or 4● Your group will be given 7 minutes to build the tallest towerpossible with the materials provided.○ It is recommended that your group take a few minutes tobrainstorm, but it is not required○ The green marshmallow must be at the top of your tower○ After the 7 minutes is up, the group with the tallest towerwins!ALL of you will get marshmallows to eat after the activity, soplease refrain from eating the ones Ive provided
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