Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Teaching Tip #81

Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #81

How can we take advantage of this generation’s strong entrepreneurial genes?

One of the books from my summer reading list a few years ago was Generation iY Tim Elmore.

Finally, this generation has a strong desire to be entrepreneurial.

Now I think this is great.  As Godin, Ramsey, Vaynerchuk and many, many more have noted this is the best time to go into business.  

First, there are more problems to solve than every before.  You want to start a gym to help the majority of our population (your’s truly included) who are fat and need to lose weight.  Go ahead.  You want to start a website that democratized commerce (as ebay did and as Etsy is doing now too).  Go ahead.  You want to start a business repairing cracked iPod, iPhone, and iPad screens (as one of our former cleaners did for awhile).  Go ahead.  The tools are there.  And most of those tools are free.  

Second, people are just waiting to buy the thing they never knew they actually needed.   Twenty years ago who knew we needed bottled water?  A George Foreman grill?  Essential oils? Supplements?  Digital music.  Or phones we keep in our pockets and never even talk on?

Third, the old school jobs – the baker, the plumber, the electrician, the handy man or carpenter, aren’t going away any time soon.  In fact, when I need a plumber, it was all I could do to find one who could squeeze a small job like mine into their schedules.  The same was true for when I needed gutters installed on my house after it was resided.  There are still a ton of opportunities for students who want to go into these fields.

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