BookReport - October 19, 2009 AEM121: Entrepreneurship...

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October 19, 2009 AEM121: Entrepreneurship Speaker Series Book Report: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 Part I: Summary Through insightful examples, inspiring stories, and relatable observations, Tina Seelig narrates the path of entrepreneurship in her book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 , by highlighting some of the key lessons that individuals often come to learn along their way. Essentially what Seelig offers in her account is a piece of her acquired wisdom with respect to leading a successful life, that also just so happens to be applicable to the pursuit of becoming an entrepreneur. While the summaries and brief overviews that she provides with each “lesson” are words of advice of which many are aware and in recognition, it is ultimately the clear and interesting voice with which she narrates her countless stories and examples that truly amounts to the reader’s deeper understanding of entrepreneurship. Seelig beings her book with, “Buy One, Get Two Free” – a chapter that sets the stage for an entrepreneurial read and prepares the reader for the “think outside the box” activities and examples that are to come throughout the rest of the chapters. What this chapter succeeds in drawing to our
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attention is threefold: first, that “opportunities are abundant”; second, that “there are usually creative ways to use resources already at [our] disposal”; and finally, that “we so often frame problems too tightly.” Seelig drives these points home with a discussion of her “envelope activities,” in which she provides groups of students with five dollars or a few paperclips with which they are expected to generate some sort of income. Ultimately, these stories serve as examples of how others in the past have come to understand and cope with the three points I stated. Seelig then goes on to her next chapter, “The Upside-Down Circus,” to
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course AEM 121 taught by Professor Perez, p during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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BookReport - October 19, 2009 AEM121: Entrepreneurship...

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