Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to 60 high school students about entrepreneurship. Ahhh…to be young again, with dreams and aspirations, and a “sky’s the limit” attitude untainted by the responsibilities of kids, student loans, bills and the ringing of the question “What are you going to do with your life?”
Here are four things these kids took away with regard to starting their own business:
1. Write down your passions, talents and ideas to help create a vision of where you want to go.
2. Take a leap of faith and just do it (don’t let fear of failure stop you)!
3. It’s never too early or invent yourself (or too late to reinvent yourself for the parents that sat in the back). 🙂
4. Create your dream job based on your passions. Nothing is too out there or out of reach.
An example I used when talking about inventing your dream job was Elise Swopes. Her website is called Swopes so Dope and she has created the dopest job out there! What she is doing really blew me away! Elise is a student, graphic designer and lover of her iPhone and Instagram. She has combined her passions for graphic design and taking pictures with her iPhone into a very lucrative business.
Elise as coined herself an “Instagram Brand Advocate” that gets paid thousands of dollars to take over big brand’s Instagram accounts. All of her pictures are taken using her iPhone and her photo edit is all done with iPhone apps. Her unique eye and creativity has made her services sought after by some of the biggest social brands including Nike, Samsung, Burger King, Stoli, Coach, Bolthouse Farms and more. I must say, her work is amazing!
A perfect example of how there is a market for the things you love to do. It’s a matter of honing your craft and then pitching your passion to the target that is willing to pay for it!