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Thinking like an entrepreneur leads to more success in life--growth mindset, grit, redefining failure, and opportunity seeking are core attributes of this way of thinking that leads to radical transformation for ALL learners. This podcast is designed for educators in K-12 schools who are interested in engaging students with hands-on, innovative experiences that provide practical training for success in life.
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If we are to develop our entrepreneurial mindset and experience the transformation that comes from the renewing of our mind, then developing our grit is essential. But moving from become gritty for the sake of being gritty, we must tether our growth and development of grit to a larger purpose, which Angela Duckworth defines as "intention to contrib…
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Charlie "Tremendous" Jones is famous for saying "you'll be the same person you are now in five years with the exception of the people you hang around with and the books you read." So, what are you reading? Are you reading books that align with the vision of who you want to be in five years? Are you moving from BELIEVER to "EXPECTER" to ACHIEVER?…
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“Principles are concisely worded statements of truth that transcend circumstance” (quote from Alex Judd of Path for Growth) and as a result, it imperative that, as educators, we work to point out principles for our students and teach them to leverage these principles in their lives. In other words, principles are always at work regardless of our ac…
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We focus a lot on investments and getting a return on our investment but often we don't focus on the return we get by investing in ourselves. Through making ourselves more valuable, we become more valuable to others (and therefore to the marketplace and to society at large). Let's focus some intentional investing in our personal growth to become as…
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Empathy is the superpower of the person with the entrepreneurial mindset--after all, understanding the customer's problem is at the root of what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. When it comes to empathy in action, I can think of no better example than Sara and the way she inspired an entire crowd at a high school track meet.…
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Sometimes you just have to say yes and then figure it out after. When it comes to the entrepreneurial mindset, we have to be willing to take certain acts of faith and embrace a certain degree of risk that says "we may not have it all figured out and we may not have a fully developed plan but we are going to say yes and move forward anyway."…
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All kids should have the opportunity to be entrepreneurs--and it is our job as adults to encourage them and buy from them. Pure and simple. Remember the lemonade stands from back in the day? Remember how you pushed your dad's lawn mower from yard to yard to earn extra money? Those experiences shaped you and when we encourage our youth to embrace th…
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We can talk all day long, day after day, about the power of the entrepreneurial mindset, but until we commit to making serious and lasting change, it is all just talk. Time to take ACTION- time to get starting with real change to create the ideal life in order to become the person that we want. We can make the choice today to become better, but it …
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We cannot fully live out the entrepreneurial mindset until we are willing to truly redefine failure--true failure is not trying in the first place. If we allow ourselves to become paralyzed by the fear of not succeeding, we will not only miss out on opportunity but we will leave ourselves at risk of living a life of regret on what "might have been.…
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When we choose a goal, we are looking for something that will stretch us and cause us to move beyond that which we thought possible. This is especially true if the goal is for a team or even a family. When we can come together and rally around the completion of this goal, it creates a powerful bond that best represents the power of the entrepreneur…
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I had the unique privilege of sitting down with three time cancer survivor Johnathan Sams who, just after finishing chemotherapy treatment, walked an entire marathon (all 26.2 miles) through the halls of the hospital. Johnathan's take on life is that every day is awesome and it is up to us to live up to it--and to do this, we have to break out of t…
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We all have "if onlys" in our life--if only we had more money, if only we had more time, if only we didn't have so many people relying on us, if only we had more opportunity...often these "if onlys" are excuses that weigh us down and cause us to accept mediocrity. But no more--now we can use them as the superpowers they are to help us find creativi…
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Entrepreneurs are biased for action and when in doubt, they act. This attribute is central to seeking opportunity--we have to overcome the paralysis of analysis and get up and seize the opportunities that are all around us. That's what Marcus and Nate did in order to successfully launch their business--these two high school students got up and figu…
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We have a dashboard in our car that tells us our speed, our oil status, the car's temperature, and other key metrics--at a single glance, we know the state of things. Imagine the power of applying this concept to other areas of our life, primarily our goals. Having a dashboard tells us where we are, without sugarcoating, so we know how far we have …
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Ever get in trouble in elementary school for selling something out of your locker to your classmates? Ever end up being chastised for not doing things in the right order or thinking outside the box? Often traditional education is at odds with the entrepreneurial mindset and if we are going to help cultivate this mindset in ourselves and in others, …
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Ivan Pavlov's famous quote, "If you want new ideas, read old books" is truer today than ever before--we have a treasure trove of advice available to us in the pages of the past. Such is the case with Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World where we are exhorted to "persist until we succeed" and "avoid with fury the killers of time." These p…
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The popular acronym VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) best describes life in the next ten years. And yet, armed with an entrepreneurial mindset, we can see the realities of VUCA through the lens of problem solving and other durable skills. With increased communication and collaboration, we can thrive in uncertainty because we th…
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A conversation with Dr. Tim Holcomb, the Director of the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, yielded some fascinating insights. Dr. Holcomb began by saying that much of their work, in college-level entrepreneurial studies, is undoing the methods that schools have taught students to ado…
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Two of the most important skills we can ever develop in life include understanding how to set meaningful goals and then creating systems to accomplish those goals. Goal setting is central to the entrepreneurial mindset and we need to ensure that we are setting goals to bring our life into balance by focusing on growth in all areas of importance: in…
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It’s trendy in educational circles to talk about “embracing the learning experience of failure” or “teaching students to not fear failure,” but at the end of the day, it’s the same old story: we’re afraid. When we do a cost-benefit analysis, we tend to overload the cost side and assume it is not worth the risk. When we consider our shareholders, ou…
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The entrepreneurial mindset is a mindset based on principles and principles are truths that directly impact our lives. Principles are at work regardless whether or not we acknowledge them, but when we do acknowledge them, we can make them work for us rather than against us. The principle I focus on in this podcast is the principle that we go in the…
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Teaching the growth mindset is foundational to teaching entrepreneurship and I can think of no better place to teach this than in a space dedicated to real-time displays of flourishing growth. But the space also illustrates a key point about growth—if not directed, growth can get out of control. Consider the tomato plant. In the greenhouse, we grow…
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When I talk to business owners regarding their pain points, the conversation often trails toward the hiring process. “We can’t find good people,” they say before bemoaning all the problems with “this generation.” As someone with an entrepreneurial mindset, this problem is an opportunity. The opportunity lies in what we can teach our students to hel…
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We’re all guilty of it—we don’t spend enough quality time with our rock stars. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly know who our rock stars are, but because they are the ones who've got it together, who deliver consistently, and who don't cause us problems, we often let them do their thing so we can focus on putting out the fires. And this can be a det…
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At the end of the day, the most powerful tool in our tool box for entrepreneurship is compound interest. And I'm not just talking about a financial tool or economic indicator--I'm talking about the heart of the entrepreneurial mindset and the vehicle by which dreams and goals are fulfilled, by which habits are formed, and by which lives are crafted…
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I can KNOW everything in the world about leadership and organization and team collaboration, but without someone in my corner challenging and pushing me, my growth will be stunted. This revelation brought me to the following admission, and it is one born out of vulnerability: we all need coaching. Wherever we are in our lives, we all have dreams an…
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Feeling disengaged? Have students, parents, or teachers that would classify as disengaged? They're in the majority--67% of US employees report feeling disengaged from their work. Rather than see this as a major problem, we can see this as an opportunity if we approach from an entrepreneurial mindset. And the opportunity to increase engagement start…
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In a classic Biblical teaching, we are encouraged to look to the ants in order to learn wisdom. Based on the teaching of Jim Rohn, there are two key attributes that ants can teach us that directly contribute to our ongoing development of the entrepreneurial mindset. When we apply these teachings, wisdom supercharges our growth.…
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What do rocks have to do with goal setting? Everything, it turns out. Going back to Stephen Covey's famous "put first things first" habit, rocks became synonymous with the big, important things in life that often get set aside for the less important "whirlwind" of the everyday. Gino Wickman in the book, Traction, explains how setting rocks, or quar…
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Let's work "on" instead of "in" our email. Some time management professionals will tell you to ignore email as much as possible or only look at it once a day. Often this results, however, in missing an important or urgent issue that needs to be addressed. My preferred method harkens back to Stephen Covey. He shares the power of the Eisenhower Matri…
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Ready to get fired up with some inspiration for you day? How about the story of a group of high school students who rallied behind a Wildly Important Goal to create a new business venture that fueled them with ownership and confidence? This is the stuff of the entrepreneurial mindset and this is what innovative education is all about. Let's Go!…
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We all innately understand the value of becoming grittier but often we fall into the trap of assuming grit is an innate, fixed trait. Thanks to the growth mindset, however, we can dive into the way in which grit can be developed over time. A key technique for this is in goal setting. By setting goals in our own lives and by helping the students and…
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We hear a lot these days about personal growth but if we don't have a plan for our growth, our growth will be undirected and haphazard. Having a plan means looking at all key aspects of our life--intellectual, relational, spiritual, physical, financial, and vocational--and setting key goals for our growth in those areas. This is about achieving bal…
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Our students are bored--they are disengaged, listless, and disruptive in the classroom. And the issue is us as educators. Tough pill to swallow, I know, but if we help our students connect the WHY of education to the reality of practical training toward future success, we can create opportunities for them to engage in their learning and see the tru…
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