How does one become an entrepreneur? 1. Open the eyes and scan the surroundings. Look at them as canvasses that are bare, woods that are shapeless and mounds of clay that are waiting to be turned into beautiful works of art. 2. Treat problems as opportunities. Remember there are no problems that cannot be solved. When bad things happen, that means several opportunities were created. 3. Even a barren land can be turned into a green pasture. Only a wise entrepreneur can make that happen. 4. Don’t be afraid to experiment and fail. There is always a second time. 5. It is alright to feel pain, get angry, become frustrated or even give up for a short while. After all an entrepreneur is only human. What is more important is the ability to move on, with the same or even greater enthusiasm to start anew. Can anyone be an entrepreneur? The good news is YES. Every person born is gifted with this ability and is just waiting to be tapped. Keep in mind that no one has sole mastery or has the secret key to 3
MODULE ON APPLIED ENTRPRENEURSHIP FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL entrepreneurial abilities. Everybody can be a master entrepreneur in his or her own right. The world is a huge stage where everyone can fit in and do magic. After all, God gifted the earth with many bounties that men ought to transform and use those, for the good of all creatures. It’s about time that everyone use these gifts because the world has already so much problems than it can bear and time is running out. The Entrepreneurial Mindset Kuratko (2012) discussed several related characteristics associated with entrepreneurs that were gathered largely from various literatures and these are the following: Commitment, determination and perseverance . A total commitment and dedication towards achieving success as an entrepreneur can overcome any obstacles and setbacks. More often, entrepreneurs with high-potential business ventures that require venture capitalization financing are willing to give up personal assets. For example, an entrepreneur may exhibit willingness to mortgage their personal properties, cut on pay and even family time, and would reduce living standards. Drive to Achieve . An entrepreneur is someone who is internally driven by an intense desire to compete against self-imposed standards as it pursues highly challenging tasks. They are self- starters, they often examine situations and are determined on how to increase the possibilities of winning, then proceed with it. Opportunity Orientation . This characteristic refers to the constant awareness of opportunities that exist everyday. Successful entrepreneurs start with opportunity(ies) identification and allow their understanding of it (those) guide other relevant issues. They set high but achievable goals and helps them in where to 4
MODULE ON APPLIED ENTRPRENEURSHIP FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL focus their energies and know when to say “no”; allowing them to set priorities and define how well they are performing based on measures set.
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