The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Check out the following  article from the WSJ titled “How to Get a Real Education,” written by the creator of the “Dilbert” comic.  Of course, being the English teacher and philosophy student I am, I disagree with the author on the value of the Humanities when it comes to B students.  Ideas have consequences, and learning how to think well when it comes to your beliefs is practical for ‘pert’neer everyone.  So he’s off a tad there.  Still, the article has some absolute gems when it comes to entrepreneurial spirit and drive.

Here’s an excerpt:

If you’re taking risks, and you probably should, you can find yourself failing 90% of the time. The trick is to get paid while you’re doing the failing and to use the experience to gain skills that will be useful later. I failed at my first career in banking. I failed at my second career with the phone company. But you’d be surprised at how many of the skills I learned in those careers can be applied to almost any field, including cartooning. Students should be taught that failure is a process, not an obstacle.

Even if you aren’t the business type, take a look at it.  It’s got lots of entertaining anecdotes and some good wisdom for everyone,  young men especially.

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