Buy One, Get Two Free

That is the title of the first Chapter of the book I received on my birthday ->"What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20".

Some notable points from the chapter

* Opportunities are abundant. At any place and time you can look around and identify problems that need solving
* Regardless of the size of the problem, there are usually creative ways to use the resources already at your disposal to solve them
* An entrepreneur is someone who always on the lookout for problems that can be turned into opportunities and find creative ways to leverage limited resources to reach their goals.
* ...they would never have an excuse for being broke, since there is always a nearby problem begging to be solved
* to be successful, they need to learn how to be entrepreneurial leaders in all working environments and in all part of their lives.
*..the rules that apply in school are often completely different from the outside world
*...life after college, where you are your own teacher, charged with figuring out what you need you know, where to find the info and how to absorb it
*...failure is an important part of life's learning process...the key to success is the ability to extract the lessons out of each of these experiences and to move on with that new knowledge

Basically this chick is saying, the world is your oyster, especially with a college education. But even without it, there are tons of problems in the world, in the U.S., or even at your college campus that people need solved, and there are plenty of people who are willing to pay to have those problems solved for them. The key is (i don't mean to be cliche, but) to think outside of the box. Just because you are unemployed, or going school doesn't mean you can't make money. And even if money isn't being made, the experience gained from an entrepreneurial attempt in invaluable. Tina Seelig, the author of this book, who also happens to be a professor at Stanford, gave her students this question "What would you do to earn money if all you had was five dollars and two hours?" At first, this question may seem mind-boggling but the key is "to step back and look at the problem more broadly". I wont give away what some of the other students came up with, but its a really good question that deserves some thought. What would you if you only had 5 bucks and two hours to make some moooolah??

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