It is a known cliche that men, in general, are considered ‘go-getters, explorers, thinkers, and more often than not, lovers of problem solving.'
But are you a responsible man who takes care of yourself and your surroundings? Are you leaving the right footprints for others to follow? Are you happy with yourself?
To get an answer to all the questions related to your life, it is essential to do some work at the inner or core level. Which is what you will learn as you read further.
The inner work for men begins with the most important keyword “Acceptance” which is the key quality that always leads men towards self-victory.
The acceptance that there exist several dualities in this world. The fact that it is not the men who are the driving force in this universe. The acceptance that the world is a mixture of different gender identities, including male, female, transgender, gender-neutral, non-binary, agender, pangender, genderqueer, two-spirit, third gender, and all, none or a combination of these.
The acceptance that men are not only the symbol of strength, there also exists a vulnerable being inside everyone, the men are strong as well as fearful at the same time. Most of the men spend their life catering the strongest being inside them whereas not taking much care about the fearful side of them.
Let’s begin with a short story of an orphan child who grew up in an orphanage in the city thinking life is all about the joy and happiness that he shared with his other friends and caretakers. He stayed there until he finished his studies and was now time to move out of the orphanage and make a life of his own. During his stay in the orphanage, he never really understood the feeling of unacceptance because he was in an environment where everyone accepted him because he had no one in his life.
Soon after leaving the orphanage, he understood that the second phase of life begins at 23, where you must face a lot of rejections. It is then he started understanding the real meaning of unacceptance. The societal pressures took him apart and his ideologies were shattered. Soon after some years, he got diagnosed with a rare disease, but this time there wasn’t anyone to take care of him.
While battling this rare condition, he met a wonderful girl who soon becomes his loving partner at the age of 33. She started pulling back the sense of acceptance in his life and took care of him in the difficult times. This new happiness started changing his life and he could feel the difference in his health condition, he got his charm back and decided to begin with a new life and started looking for a professional life to get settled down with his loving partner.
As he was gradually developing sense and meaning in life, he lost his loving partner unexpectedly and life pushed him back to grief and sorrow but this time the struggle was different. His loving partner already taught him the value of acceptance in life. He soon started accepting whatever life throws at him and that gave him the strength to withstand almost anything. He still carries many wounds but only to realize that the inner spirit is infinite.
What Inner Work You Can Do to Strengthen the Infinite Spirit?
The ever-demanding modern society forces us all the time to look within us. Self-respect is the only tool in this era to keep your positivity intact. More than the strength it requires you to have the right attitude to find the true sense of meaning and purpose of life. It is important to take care of personal responsibility and never shy away from seeking support or help whenever you need so. Below discussed are the various inner works that you can practice in life.
1) Be More Expressive
Popular author Terrence Real revealed in his book ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ that men stay aback or hesitate when it comes to expressing themselves and that is a societal issue.
Right from childhood, boys are the ones who are noticed less, spoken to less, pampered less when compared to the girl child. This stays with them as they grow up and become an adult. This behavior creates a tendency in the men not to discuss their issues with others and tackle everything of their own. Solving everything in your head develops a tendency to just look at “who you think you are” rather than focusing on “who you are in reality”.
To meet the real you, you will have to speak up about your issues and seek other’s help in solving your problems and get an opinion about yourself. This makes you more involved with others and you can have a broader look at life. But make sure you have the right person in life to look up to.
The following is an except from Terrence Real's book
They have learned not to expect their father to attend to them or to be expressive about much of anything. They have come to expect him to be psychologically unavailable.
They have also learned that he is not accountable in his emotional absence, that Mother does not have the power either to engage him or to confront him. In other words, Father’s neglect and Mother’s ineffectiveness at countering it teaches the boys that, in this family at least, men’s participation is not a responsibility but rather a voluntary and discretionary act. Third, they learn that Mother, and perhaps women in general, need not be taken too seriously.
Finally, they learn that not just Mother but the values she manifests in the family—connection, expressivity—are to be devalued and ignored. The subtext message is, “engage in ‘feminine’ values and activities and risk a similar devaluation yourself.” The paradox for the boys is that the only way to connect with their father is to echo his disconnection. Conversely, being too much like Mother threatens further disengagement or perhaps, even active reprisal. At this moment, and thousands of other ordinary moments, these boys are learning to accept psychological neglect, to discount nurture, and to turn the vice of such abandonment into a manly virtue.
Terrence Real, I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
2) Eliminate the Wrong Belief
Since your childhood you are told to be a certain way, act a certain way. A lot of these belief sticks with your life and you grow up the same way thinking you must be too conscious about everything. The takes away your freedom of being the real you and act more the way the society has taught you.
There are certain values and principles that you must eliminate from your life. One such false belief that you grow up listening to is “stay away from strangers”. This may protect you when you are a kid but growing up with this belief can be too dangerous for you. This will make you more protective and self-defensive making you stay away from any sort of risk in your life.
False belief will always force you to think a certain way and not accept anything that doesn’t align with your personal belief. Just because you have believed in certain aspects doesn’t mean it is right all the time. You tend to only attract the people who think your way. Never create an inner world that is set based only on your beliefs. This creates a state of isolation from the outer world and you tend to think that other people are not to be trusted.
The way you interact with others has a huge impact on your behavior. Carl Jung, a famous psychoanalyst from Switzerland explains the importance of putting your ego aside and never allow it to come your way. Seeing the world through your own belief creates a sense of ego in your head, even in a relationship you tend to make the other person behave the way you want them to. 80% of the relationships end because of this same ego which is developed from the same root of the belief.
3) Select the Right Role Model
Every man looks up to another man in his life and tries to behave or imitate the same way. Even you also fall in that same category, then it is time to re-think. It is more likely that a man will learn more from his role model than from books or through academics.
Most of the men choose an influential person as their role model, that could be an athlete, movie actor, a popular pop star. You may behave the same way these influential people behave. But do you know how they are in real life?
You might only know about how the athlete plays the game and behave on the ground. You don’t have any access to the personal life of that person. The athlete may be aggressive on the field but maybe too calm off the field. This approach will also make you aggressive in your daily life as you believe it is the right way to be. The charismatic and larger than life of a movie actor makes you believe that life is so happening, but you are leading such a monotonous and repetitive life. Be conscious when you enact someone in life.
4) Practicing Self Parenting
Parenting is essential because it is believed that every man has a young child within him. Imagine you being a parent and taking care of your child’s daily life. You will ask the child about how he is doing, how he spent his day, how things are progressing in his school, and many others. Likewise, ask yourself the below questions:
Ask yourself how are you doing in life?
Ask if your life is heading in the right direction?
Do you take time out for yourself?
Are you, your best friend?
It is important for you as a man to think about yourself at times. Taking care of yourself is one of the most underrated things nowadays. Self-parenting is effective to analyze your life and learn what you can do to help yourself. Ask questions about your daily life, work, relationship. Look at the fear that limits your life and take action to conquer that fear.
To create a new life, you must be aware of the current life that you are leading. When you ask questions to yourself, listen to the tone of your voice, the depth in your answers. Start treating yourself as the friend who always takes good care of you, simultaneously, treat yourself as the elder brother who always guides you holding your hands, and shares valuable experiences of life.
5) The Act of Balancing Your Life
All of us have multiple life within this same life. You have a life at home, at your gym, at your work, with your friends, with your family, are you able to create a nice balance between all these lives? Are you able to forget the pressure at work while you are at the gym? If not, then it is time to work on yourself.
Bring into action the three P’s of life: Propose Produce Prevent.
Propose yourself a structure of the whole day right in the morning.
Produce a list of tasks that you want to achieve in a day.
Prevent yourself from anything that keeps you away from performing the tasks.
Once you focus on these three P’s, you will find it extremely easy to make the transition from one aspect of your life to another. Take time to relax between each session of your day and life. A quick jump from one to another is also harmful and makes you exhausted at the end of the day.
Why Are All These Things Important?
This is a stunning question and there is a stunning answer to this.
With the help of science and technology, we as humans have all the means to control the outer world. But do we have anything that can change our characters to implement the science to make this world a better place? All of us are heading in the same primitive manner of simply surviving. It is important, that you now focus on the world that is deeper than the entire universe, the world that exists within you.
Improve the quality of the thoughts and feeling you develop within.
The conclusion of your life is the combination of all the experiences that you have had individually as well as from your surroundings. Our life seems to be working for us but, it is not. It is our duty to end the internal conflicts and for that inner work is the best possible way. The most interesting thing is to engage, challenge, and satisfy yourself. In the end, you will thank yourself for taking care of yourself and looking deeply and seriously within you.
Anxiety is defined as a reaction to stressful, potentially dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. We all suffer a degree of anxiety at one point or another. In fact, experts opine that humans need a level of anxiety to remain alert and focused.
However, the problem comes when the condition degenerates into a disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most prevalent mental disorder in the United States, affecting at least 40 million adults.
Generalized anxiety disorder – Persistent feelings of anxiety and tension
Social Anxiety Disorder – Feelings of anxiety in public places
Panic Disorder – Sudden feelings of unreasonable fear
Obsessive-compulsive disorder – Obsessive and ritualistic patterns of behavior
Post-traumatic stress disorder – Commonly occurs following traumatic events
9 Signs That Your Anxiety Is Getting Worse
There are numerous signs that your anxiety needs immediate medical intervention. Fortunately, there are equally plenty of ways to address your anxiety disorder. Cannabis is one of the natural remedies. Much on that later.
However, it’s important to mention that for cannabis products to treat your anxiety condition, you must ensure you source it from a trusted marijuana dispensary. While you’re at it, inquire from the dispensary how their cannabis products were sourced.
Generally, the best cannabis products are obtained by CO2 extraction, as opposed to other methods like the use of hydrocarbons. Also, ask the seller to show proof of third-party lab test results on their products.
Here are the nine signs that your anxiety is getting worse:
#1. Excessive Worrying
It’s natural to be worried about an impending event. However, when your worries are disproportionately more substantial than the events that trigger them, then you’re likely suffering from an anxiety disorder. Excessive worrying is usually a symptom of panic disorder or social anxiety disorder.
#2. Irrational Fears
While some people can suffer generalized anxiety, others battle specific irrational fears. These fears are known as phobias and form the basis of panic disorders.
Examples of phobias include:
Acrophobia – Fear of heights.
Cynophobia – Fear of dogs.
Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders
Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes
Mysophobia – Fear of germs
#3. Intense Agitation
When you’re anxious, your sympathetic nervous system functions beyond its optimal capacity as your brain prepares your body to respond appropriately to the danger. That triggers a cascade of reactions, including an elevated pulse, sweaty palms, dry mouth, and trembling hands. The cumulative effect of these reactions is intense agitation.
Also known as irritability, restlessness is an anxiety symptom that mostly affects children and teens. A restless person is always on edge and ready to respond to ‘The danger’ that might not be there in the first place. Restlessness also causes a disproportionate response to stimuli. For instance, you can tell that you’re restless if you use maximum force to flick a housefly from your face.
#5. Muscular Tension
When you’re anxious, your body shunts blood supply from your digestive system to your muscles, ostensibly to prepare you to run or fight. As a result, your muscles become tense through responses like balling your fists and clenching your jaws. These reactions should be good news if the threat turns out to be real. However, the sudden blood flow to your muscles causes constant muscle tension, which might eventually lead to cramps.
#6. Chronic Constipation
As we’ve already indicated, anxiety redirects blood flow from your digestive system to your muscles. Powering your muscles at the expense of your digestive tract might leave you with gastrointestinal complications like chronic constipation. If you follow a healthy diet and have no underlying medical condition but still experience this, then anxiety might be the cause.
#7. Stage Fright
Most people experience butterflies in their stomach before addressing a crowd. However, if your fear of being in the spotlight is too strong to handle, you’re likely suffering from a social anxiety disorder known as stage fright. People with stage fright usually develop excessive sweating and body tremors at the mere thought of addressing a gathering. In the worst-case scenario, their minds may suddenly go blank even if they had prepared adequately for the address well ahead of time.
Anxious people may occasionally grapple with self-awareness. Self-awareness mostly occurs when a person is in the spotlight. However, it may also be triggered by everyday situations. Usually, the person may blush, tremble, sweat, or experience nausea even when interacting with their friends or family.
Insomnia is almost always a sure indicator of anxiety. It’s mostly a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder. Insomnia may manifest itself in three various ways, including:
Having a longer sleep latency
Waking up too early, followed by an inability to go back to sleep
Frequent sleep interruptions
Is There A Cure for Anxiety?
Anxiety can be treated or managed by making certain lifestyle adjustments. Some of these include.
Quitting alcohol and smoking
Eating a healthy diet, which contains probiotics and fermented foods
Working out and exercising more often
Limiting caffeine intake
In addition to lifestyle changes, you can also treat anxiety by using natural anxiolytic herbs. Examples of these herbs include:
However, it has a way of degenerating into unmanageable levels if left untreated.
Always be aware of any of these nine signs to know whether your anxiety condition is getting out of hand. When it comes to treatment, the convention is to insist on natural anti-anxiety herbs like cannabis.
Business school is a great step towards the future of any student. Career-wise, there are a lot of possibilities on completion of a business program.
So, as a student, you might want to make the best out of your business school. We’ve gathered some of the tips for students undertaking their business studies so that by the end of it, they won’t have many regrets concerning what they should’ve done better.
Prioritize Your Studies
Business school demands that students give their best. You need to have clear objectives for your education before you even take your first class. What are you aiming to achieve? What are your goals, and how does business school fit into that plan?
After ironing out what you intend to succeed, you are more likely to put more of an effort. Prioritizing your studies means avoiding unnecessary distractions and dedicating a good chunk of your time to studying and other academic feats.
Planning is what comes after you decide you will take the program seriously. It is a step in the right direction for any goals an individual aims to achieve. For one, you need to plan your study time. Break down your time and allocate it properly, depending on priority activities.
For example, aside form class time, you need to have some free time to go through what you have learned every week. Planning is crucial for students who combine their MBA with another course or pursue a dual-MBA degree. Here, time is limited because one has to juggle between two fields. But with proper planning, you will manage your studies well and avoid fatigue.
Don’t Stress Too Much Over Grades
In business school, the essential thing is the learning and not the grades. It doesn’t mean you should neglect your exams or fail to study for them. It means you don’t have to struggle too hard to get an excellent GPA. Also, it would be best if you were not too discouraged about average grades, either. Take some risks while learning. For example, take extra classes without the fear of failure.
In the current world, knowledge and determination can take you far. However, the journey can be made easier by being well-connected. In business school, there are different types of connections you can create:
You are likely to meet some of your colleagues in the future, some of whom might be useful contacts in your career. Therefore, it’s good to cultivate meaningful relationships during this period and not just drinking buddies. Invest in people whom you share some core values.
Your professors are well-connected individuals since they have taught a lot of students, some of whom end up making it big in life. Good professors are likely to link determined students with contacts in the outside world when they graduate, which can be useful.
• The alumni board/office
Alumni associations are a great source of connections, especially for students who have a hard time making friends. Having these connections might benefit you in the long run.
Prepare to Feel Like Giving Up
Business school is not easy. There are loads of assignments to complete, exams to do, presentations, and other academic tasks. Sometimes, it would feel overwhelming, and you might find yourself saying, “I can’t write my essay.”
As a student, you need to toughen up and work through some stressful times and even anxiety in some cases.
You need to be strong-willed and see it through. The world is competitive, and in business school, students learn to adapt and become competitive themselves, which is an attribute that often gets individuals far in their careers when adequately nurtured. So, don’t give up on your first year just because things seem tough. Toughen up and rise to the challenge.
Join a Club
Business school is more than just focusing on the academic side. You can invest some of your time into something like a club where you would be in a better position to meet new people. Aside from making new friends, joining clubs creates a good source of connections. Furthermore, taking up leadership roles in clubs helps you stand out in the future to employers.
Acquire an Internship
Business students need to be well-rounded in terms of their studies. It means being able to apply what they learn in class to the real world. Internships are a great way to do precisely that. So, you should apply for several internships until you find one that accepts you. Research about firms that are related to what you are pursuing. You can even ask academic advisors or professors who might know about such opportunities. It’s always good to begin the hunt for an internship early since there is still some competition, just like for job openings.
Choose Your Major Well
Choosing your major is a critical thing. There are different factors involved when choosing a major, but it all comes down to your preference. It is advisable to speak to an academic advisor before choosing because they have a good understanding of each focus and will provide a more straightforward decision making a route for you. Academic advisors can show you what you might expect and help you find the best fit for your business major.
Include Some Foundational Courses
From choosing a major, you also need to select your classes well. For most of the first semester, it is usually general information and some prerequisite business courses. If you are taking business without any other prior business background, the foundational or prerequisite courses are a great place to start. These are the background areas such as statistics, economics, and accounting.
Various business schools provide students with exchange programs where they are provided with the option to take the time to study abroad. You should always take such an opportunity. It is because it is almost the best time to travel since, in most cases, one does not usually have a lot of significant responsibilities keeping them grounded.
Furthermore, studying abroad gives you the exposure you need about how things operate in various countries. Besides, you get to learn the different cultures, and hence you will have the chance to clear up any stereotypes you might have heard. Travelling also builds connections in foreign countries, which makes you well-equipped if you ever go back to the country where you studied. Furthermore, studying abroad will expose you to some unique opportunities.
Make Use of the Resources
There are a lot of resources available to students in the business school. They include the professors, student advisors, the libraries, the clubs, and other extracurricular activities. Make the most out of these resources since you have paid for them.
Wrapping It Up
Business school can be intimidating, especially in the Ivy League institutions. However, you need to accept the challenge and rise above. Challenge yourself to be better and be ready to face any discouragement in your pursuit.
Strive to be better, but don’t engage in pointless competitiveness with your classmates. Remember your main goals and live by them.
Besides, don’t be afraid to study abroad. If such an opportunity arises, consider taking it as it would expose you to other good things and connections. Finally, always treat your colleagues in school like future partners in business. They are part of the contacts you might have in the future.
With all the possible courses that one can pursue, there is always the choice to take on a business course or add a business degree to your accomplishments.
Over the years, the hiring requirements have evolved, and currently, a lot of positions demand specific skillsets. Business courses are famous for providing a variety of essential skills that might benefit learners even after they graduate.
This article will thus enlighten you on why you should consider taking a business course.
You Can Combine It With Your Passion
One main advantage of business courses is that they are not as demanding as most top-tier courses. It means you don’t have to be obsessed with a career in business, but you can acquire a business degree and still pursue your passion. You can combine a business course with any program you are taking and complete it as a double major.
Several universities offer such options, and taking such opportunities further strengthens your resume when you graduate.
The Skills You Learn Are Transferable
Business courses equip students with a lot of essential skills. These are skills that individuals get to apply in their future careers or any positions they might hold. When learning business, one becomes good at the following:
Also, with courses that involve accounting and management, students learn the essentials, which will help them be better at handling finances and even handle managerial positions properly. With a business degree, a lot of what you learn serves you in your everyday life.
Great Potential Earnings
Do business courses pay well?
Yes. As a student, one of the main features you probably check is the monetary gains that would come after completing your course. Some courses are known to pay quite well immediately you join the job market, while others require a lot of experience and time to yield good earnings.
With business courses, the gains are quite good. For example, graduates get starting salaries as high as from $55,000 a year. It means that you would be set to earn well right after graduation to later years in your career path. It should be an encouraging factor since it means you will be able to start paying off your loans early and be in an excellent position to begin investing.
A lot of collegians don’t usually have it all figured out: some are generally not entirely convinced about what they want to follow as career paths. Business courses provide the flexibility one needs while they figure it out.
For example, a student might have the aspirations of owning a successful motor vehicle garage in the future. In such a case, being a good mechanic is just one of the requirements you might need. If you want the business to thrive and have full control of it, you will have to learn about capital, how to improve profits, losses, and other essential business operation procedures.
With a business degree, therefore, you would be able to plan financials properly and to manage other aspects of the business. With an adequate background in commerce, you would achieve your goals easily.
It Balances Theory with Practice
For many courses, a lot of learning is theory-based. Students tend to spend much time in classes absorbing information, with the hope that they will get to apply it all in the future. The numerous assignments even make one become a good paper writer for the concepts taught.
However, with business courses, students are exposed to both theory and practical application of what they learn in class. Many reputable schools of business have significant ties to local companies, and hence students are provided with real-life applications and experiences. Internships also offer a similar experience, and thus, students are usually well-balanced by the time they are ready to graduate.
Continue to Higher Levels of Education
When you have completed a specific degree, you always have an option to continue with your studies in the field of business. A lot of degree holders who pursued courses aside from business tend to complement their education by pursuing an MBA.
No matter what career path you might have taken, an MBA will complement the qualifications you already have. What’s impressive is that the classes are usually convenient with the schedules of most students. For example, you can choose night classes or even weekend classes depending on your availability. Then, if you are already employed, some employers provide some programs to help with tuition for the students worried about the costs involved.
Better Skills in Communication
When undertaking a business program, one of the core skills one learns is communication. Communication becomes an essential skill in the future since one will have to interact with others in any career path they take. Students learn the basics of communication and related skills such as listening and reading body language, which will facilitate their approaches to specific situations or interactions.
The Chance to Branch Out on Your Own
A lot of employed individuals often dream of becoming bosses and having no one to answer to in the hierarchy. However, for some, it just becomes a dream, but others manage to make it a reality. Business courses are the best when it comes to helping individuals branch out on their own.
Starting one’s own business can be challenging regardless of what course you took, but having some experience in the industry helps a lot. One becomes wiser with money and decision making. With a related background in business, individuals can craft better paths toward their independence.
If you are bent on conquering, a business degree is one of the theoretical trophies that you will benefit from in the future. If you are looking for a challenge such as combining your course with another, a business course is a great choice that will prove lucrative when you graduate. Getting an MBA is not as easy as it seems. It requires focus and hard work. So, it’s the challenge you might need in your life.
Learn How the World Works
There is a lot of business involved in a local and international basis. Knowledge in business helps individuals have a better understanding of how it all works. For example, understanding the economy and how money works help individuals make better decisions financially. Furthermore, various business programs involve students traveling to study abroad. Such individuals get exposed to different cultures and how things work in different countries and continents.
Great Chances of Employment
Students want courses that will lead them directly to jobs without having to wait too long. Some learners can wait up to 2 years without employment opportunities related to what they studied. With a business course, you would be in a better place because of the healthy demand for graduates with business-related expertise. On average, business students land employment opportunities within six months after graduating.
The business world is always welcoming for new graduates, and collegians have an excellent opportunity to become entrepreneurs after graduating. With business degrees, individuals are better prepared for the world with all the necessary skills.
Furthermore, business courses are not that demanding in terms of a student’s qualifications. Moreover, the fact that there is the flexibility to the point that you can combine a business program with another course is a bonus for any student as it helps to expand career path.
College is a fantastic time to start working on your dream career. Actually, many CEOs had their breakthrough ideas while in college. Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, and many others launched their businesses back in college.
You can also emulate these entrepreneurs and be successful. But how do you manage to balance schoolwork and still pursue your entrepreneurial dream? You might ask. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
You can acquire relevant and hands-on skills that are vital in running a business while taking your course. In fact, it’s advantageous to start your entrepreneurship journey while in college, mainly because you have lots of resources at your disposal, from supportive lectures who can be your mentors, like-minded students to share ideas with, to free resources like free the Internet to do your research and learn more.
So how do you develop entrepreneurial skills while in college?
Take the Right Courses
Being in college provides you with an opportunity to select from a pool of courses. To make good use of this opportunity, you should select courses that will benefit your business model. When you attend such classes, you meet both lecturers and students. It enables you to learn more about your venture early on. You’ll also get more time to practice and learn from your mistakes.
Some of the startups you see today began as school projects. The products began as prototype designs for project-based entrepreneurship classes. Usually, it’s the professors who provide guidance and advice to perfect your project and make it a success.
Team up With Other Students
College provides students with a lot of free time. In addition, it’s a multidisciplinary institution. Why not use your spare time to connect with other students? Spending time with students from various disciplines will provide you with diverse and innovative ideas. Students from other disciplines will also bring onboard different sets of skills that you require for your entrepreneurship journey.
Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, teamed up with his college friends in developing Facebook. He didn’t do it on his own. These friends are now part of his team. So if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, always have a diverse team of like-minded friends to share concepts and unique insights.
Find a Mentor
Getting a mentor is a crucial step when pursuing entrepreneurship. Your mentor should be an expert in your field to provide you with practical guidance. Executive research carried out in 2013 shows that 80% of CEOs participating in a survey admit that they had received mentorship.
The best way to get a mentor is to approach your professor. Most professors have operated business ventures or have been part of many startups and, therefore, have the practical experience to offer guidance. Also, they are well connected and might help you find a great mentor.
There are also lots of local experts who can make great mentors. Finding local experts is a great way to network, because it may come with additional opportunities such as internships.
Enroll in a Club
Entrepreneurs are supposed to be social beings. You must not isolate yourself. Go out and network vigorously if you want to get new opportunities. You can easily do that by joining an entrepreneurial school club or any clubs in your locality.
Clubs will enable you to gather with other like-minded people, collaborate, and even discuss your entrepreneurship plans and challenges. These clubs also organize events such as fairs that can provide an opportunity to tap for support. Besides, it’s an opportunity to promote your business if you have one.
In entrepreneurship, you learn better through experiential learning. So, do something entrepreneurial, even if it’s small in size. You can begin with something simple like a laundry business or an essay business and offer a dissertation service. Starting with an established business model will expose you to challenges of running a business and get to learn business techniques that you can apply to your business venture.
While starting with a venture you are passionate about is an option, you are more likely to get into losses. So, learn the ropes before you venture into your passion. And when you do, don’t fear failure. Failure will always be a part of startups and any other entrepreneurship ventures. In fact, failures will teach you better lessons and give you valuable experience for future success.
Make Good Use of School Resources
One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is a lack of resources. On the contrary, most colleges offer free resources, including business advisers, library materials, free Internet, copy, and print services, among others. You also have student grants, mentors, and technology. Why not take advantage of these free resources and build your entrepreneurship skills?
Most startups spend a lot of money when starting. You can cut a huge percentage of these expenditures when you make good use of the free school resources.
Intern at a Startup
An internship provides a valuable experience that will come in handy when you start your own business. You should choose an internship based on what you admire. Besides selecting an internship in your area of interest, startups should be the preferred interning area for entrepreneurs. By interning at a startup, you get the skills of running a business from scratch. You get the experience of starting your business, forge professional connections, and it can also be a great opportunity to get people who can be your mentor.
Most startups are involved in various ventures, including seeking funding and marketing. When you are in the middle of these operations, you will know where to look when you start to operate your business.
It is a no brainer. You have to learn from others if you want to be successful. You can’t always learn from your mistakes. Take time to read what other successful entrepreneurs have done to be where they are. Besides learning some lessons, their stories will motivate you to work harder on your dream venture.
You can also research about competitors in the field you are passionate about. Learn about their startup phase, what they are doing at critical stages of their business, and how they identify their market. Researching will equip you with different ideas to better understand the market you intend to get into. With such information, you’ll be in a better position to compete with competitors and even crush them.
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Adding one more class to your already busy schedule can be hectic. But it may be what you need. For business owners, learning never stops. You should always strive to keep updated about business trends and technology. It is because these are crucial factors that are ever-changing. Staying updated will, therefore, keep you a step ahead.
There are lots of online courses that you can learn at your convenience. Register for these courses and take time to learn something at least every other day.
For entrepreneurs, school is an opportunity to learn soft skills that would help them become all-rounded and successful business people. It is not about the piece of paper alone. It is about taking advantage of all the programs available to acquire skills and the time factor of starting early enough. So, use the tips above to hone your entrepreneurial skills now.
In the US, for instance, small businesses have contributed to about 64% of the new jobs in the past twenty years. It shows just how important startups are in the US economy.
The future is bright since more entrepreneurs are generating ideas that are adding jobs to the economy. It can be attributed to the conducive atmosphere that is ideal for the growth of startups.
This environment has made some startups to be huge businesses. Some big entrepreneurs you see today, like Steve Jobs of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, started as simple entrepreneurs. Despite all this, not all entrepreneurs become successful. Most of them don’t reach their potential because they have not learned the art of successful entrepreneurs.
Luckily, you can teach your kids entrepreneurial skills from an early age. Starting early will set a foundation for success in the future.
But how can you teach your kids qualities that are essential in making them better entrepreneurs? Read on to find out.
Key Qualities for Young Entrepreneurs to Cultivate
As a business owner, you’ll be expected to solve customers’ problems. Besides solving your customers’ problems, you’ll have to deal with a horde other issues, including employee issues, cash flow management difficulties, and time management concerns, among others. Budding entrepreneurs have to find a way to provide solutions to every problem.
It’s essential to equip your kids with problem-solving skills from an early age if they are to be successful entrepreneurs. The best way to do that is by allowing them to be decisive in the things they do. Encourage them to take actions whenever they are faced by challenges and be proactive in making decisions and taking stands.
When your kids make decisions, allow them to face the consequences of their decisions. Provided they are not grave consequences. Once in a while, when faced with challenges, invite your kids to suggest some solutions. Make sure you appreciate them for their ideas.
Setting goals is a crucial part of business planning. Every entrepreneur sets goals and then devise a plan to achieve those goals.
Likewise, teach your kids to set smart goals. It should be an exciting exercise for both you and your little ones. You can let them identify and write down some of their goals. These goals should then be narrowed down to one important goal.
Once they’ve identified their main goal, kids should write down how they intend to accomplish this goal. Always remind them of their goals and commend your kids whenever they take steps towards achieving them.
The difference between successful entrepreneurs and those that are not is the ability to recognize opportunities. The majority of unsuccessful entrepreneurs fail to reach their full potential because they cannot spot opportunities in their businesses.
Children should learn to recognize opportunities from a young age. The best way is to teach them to spot opportunities that are disguised as problems. You can show them a problem and let them determine a resultant solution that people can pay for. A good example is where a cleaning company is a good solution in a busy neighborhood where most people are a working population and do not have the time to do their cleaning. With time your kids will become creative, and they’ll come up with ideas that can lead to profitable business ventures.
Successful entrepreneurs are good at networking. Networking helps business owners to meet new clients and fellow business people, from whom they can acquire fresh ideas, advice, and potential employees.
You can teach your kids to perfect the art of networking. Let them be comfortable around people and have conversations freely with other people. If your kids are shy, you can have them sit in on when you’re having conversations with other adults. With time, they will learn to be comfortable around people and to make new connections with ease.
Lessons about money come in handy for any kid aspiring to be a business owner. If you teach your kids money matters and personal finance at an early age, it will create a strong financial foundation.
You can inspire your kids to figure out earning opportunities. Encourage them to pursue their passions when looking for part-time job opportunities. For instance, a student who is good at writing essays may choose to be an essay helper for a fee. These services will enable them to make money while they pursue what they love.
When your children earn money, let them plan on their expenditure and saving. You should also teach them the importance of investing and starting small. These lessons will instill an entrepreneurial spirit within them and shape a successful journey into the business world.
Convincing prospects to work with you is one thing, and converting them to repeat customers is another more difficult task. As hard as it may sound, you can easily turn clients to repeat business by simply providing satisfactory services.
Most customers won’t forget how you treated them. So, ensure you give timely responses to their concerns and make their business a priority before and after transacting with them. And always provide top-notch customer service.
Kids start learning customer service skills from as early as preschool. Preschool reinforces some skills such as patience, empathy, accountability, and communication, which are very crucial in providing satisfactory customer service.
Parents should teach kids to accept their mistakes and apologize. They should also teach them to be emphatic about other people’s problems even when they can’t provide solutions. These are very important characteristics of entrepreneurs.
Failure Is Part of the Process
Failure is a better teacher than success because the knowledge we learn from failing will last longer than the one we acquire from success. Every successful employer will tell you that they failed several times before achieving their success. Mark Zuckerberg will tell you that Facebook isn’t the first and only thing he built. He also made chat systems and study tools before Facebook.
It is important to allow children the freedom to fail. They ought to understand that failing is part of the process, and they shouldn’t avoid failing. Instead, they should learn quickly from their mistakes and never give up on their dreams.
When your children fail, appreciate their efforts and ask them to think of alternative ways to accomplish their goals and encourage them not to give up. In the end, they learn to persevere and become more confident and resilient.
As the boss at your workplace, you have to portray some leadership qualities. You can do this by inspiring your employees and motivating them to be their best version.
While people claim leaders are born, that isn’t entirely true. You can teach your kids to be good leaders. Set good examples for your kids to be the leaders you like. Also, allow them to participate in combined activities with others. In case there are problems during the activity, let them work out the issues on their own.
A good entrepreneurial education is good for young children. It helps them to think more freely and critically compared to kids who are not exposed to entrepreneurial lessons. By exposing children at a young age, you help them to discover their potential early. It leads to a more fulfilling and successful career.
As you can see, learning entrepreneurship is more about life than school. Therefore, parents must take the responsibility of teaching their children and instilling the entrepreneurial spirit.