Guess what? It’s Friday, Yes! Then again most of my weekends are an extension of my work week, but it’s good to see every one again *virtual wave*. I’ve been busy this week assisting and pre-planning for the upcoming school year. I’m often asked by educators, “Why won’t you teach full time?” My response is that, “substitute teaching allows for me to build my brand and my business.” Well it does. I have the flexibility to have an additional stream of residual income and still encounter youth that are impressionable and passionate.
I have to stress that as passionate as I am about teaching young adults; middle school preferred please, I’m equally as ardent about exposing these inquiry driven minds to the world of entrepreneurship. There’s been a consistent fire in me that burns to have some form of a curriculum implemented at the junior high levels that encourages being a future business owner. Honestly, sending children home with a fundraising packet to hit grandma or the local neighbors up for money is not a bad idea, but what if there were a more targeted focus on:
How to increase fundraising sells each school term?
What sales strategies could students use to make money that exceed their goals?
Can encouraging healthy competition amongst peers contribute to mediation?
How can core learning areas (math, science, literacy, reading, social studies) be incorporated into each students venture?
What are the issues/concerns as well as proper processes to legally operate their small business?
How do students define what type of leader they are as well as designate their followership demographic?
Now, please let me say that I do not know ALL there is to know about running your own business. I learn and encounter daily business practices to improve on. There is something powerful about the ability to teach impressionable minds about the efficacy of being their best “self” and tapping into the potential of how planning and action can lead to success professionally and personally. Even if the students does not move forward in life to become business owners, the skills learned are transferable into the respective industries of their choice.
There is such a force fed notion of giving children the only option of attending traditional four-year universities without exploring technical or vocational schools. Going under my Entrepreneurial Empire’s umbrella is a long-term goal of owning my own charter school that specifically deals with hospitality and entrepreneurship. Of course, this will be a stage in my life at which point I’m able to professionally and financially construct and run this new organization. We have all been a student in and of life at some point and if we are doing it right, we will be continual learners. Everybody benefits from the power of teaching, mentoring, and learning…EVERYBODY!!
How important is the spirit of entrepreneurship to you and young adults? Are you a mentor?