Entrepreneurship as a way of Fostering Personal Growth

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“One of the things that occurs when you grow in size is you lose a bit of your entrepreneurship and innovation. We wanted to try to get some of that back.”
Mark Woodward
Entrepreneurship has now become one of the most popular topic in the world of business and education. What exactly is Entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship as defined in most resources is innovation, a change in the process of doing things and converting ideas to marketable goods and services. The goal of innovation is positive change, to make someone or something better.
Education plays an important role in developing the Entrepreneurs of the Future because of the constantly changing needs of the times. The Childlink Youth Entrepreneur Development Program works on the premise that the foundation to developing future entrepreneurs is developing the values and drawing out the creativity of each child that will set them apart from the average individual.
The school adopts the 10 Important Qualities that a successful entrepreneur must possess because inculcating the values is the most important building block to developing the young entrepreneur. These qualities adopted by the school were written by Josephine C. Bernardino.
1. Honorable
* Has integrity, is upright, is courageous, acts on convictions
* Does not adopt “ an end justify the means” philosophy that ignores principles
2. Keeper of Promise
* Worthy of trust
* Fulfills commitments and abides by what is agreed upon
3. Caring
* Kind and compassionate
* Shares and serves others, helps those who are in need
4. Responsible Citizen
* Obeys laws, exercises all democratic rights and privileges
* Socially conscious, public servant
5. Accountable
* Accepts the responsibility for decisions and consequences of actions
* Sets the examples for others
6. Pursues Excellence
* Develops and maintains a high degree of competence
* Diligent, reliable, industrious
7. Respectful
* Courteous, prompt, and decent
* Demonstrates respect for human dignity, privacy, and the right to self-determination of all people
8. Fair
* Open-minded and willing to admit own mistakes
* Does not take undue advantage of another’s mistakes or adversities
9. Loyal
* Faithful to family, friends and to the people in the community
10. Honest
* Truthful and sincere
* Does not cheat, steal, lie or act deviously
The process of teaching these values is a long term process. It is for this reason that every effort should be done to maximize every opportunity for developing a good partnership between the home and the community to help ensure a standard of positive development for each child.

How is Creativity Developed?

Here is an illustration of creativity as taken from an excerpt from the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

In the book it said: “Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without chewing. Afterward they are no longer able to move, and they sleep during the six months of their digestion.”
In those days I thought a lot about jungle adventures and eventually managed to make my first drawing, using a colored pencil. My drawing Number One looked like this:

(see drawing)

I showed the grown ups my masterpiece, and I asked them if my drawing scared them. They answered, “Why be scared of a hat!” My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Then I drew the inside of the boa constrictor so the grown ups could understand. They always need explanations.
The grown ups advised me to put away my drawings of boa constrictors, outside or inside, and apply myself to geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. That is why I abandoned, at the age of six, a magnificent career as an artist. Grown ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to provide explanations over and over again.

Creativity is innate and it can be developed by careful planning through education. It is necessary that parents and teachers provide healthy conditions at home and in the school. This would enable children to express themselves and contribute something new for the society.
* Freedom to Respond: Children generally respond to teachers in a usual and routine manner. Parents and teachers should encourage children to respond in their own way. They may be allowed to say what they would like to say. This would lead to creativity. If there is problem in the class, let every child respond in his own way. The teacher should keep in view that every child has a contribution to make. Allow them to think in various directions and express their creativity.
* Satisfy the “Ego” of the Child: All of us have a “self ego”. We want to be recognized by others. This “ego” is all the more stronger at the childhood stage. We as parents and teachers should try to provide opportunities to satisfy it.
* Encourage Original Ideas: If we find that a child achieved his original ideas about a particular aspect of life, we should encourage it. Constant submission to facts suppresses the originality of the child. It has been correctly said “Uniformity is the enemy of originality”.
* Remove Hesitation and Fear: Most of the times children are kept under strict control. They fear their parents and are afraid of speaking their mind. This kills the initiative of the child. Originality is only possible when we give enough freedom to children to express their own views.
* Provide Suitable Atmosphere: The watchwords for the provision of this type of atmosphere are: Sympathy, liberty and proper provision of co-curricular activities in the school.
* Developing Special Habits: Children require special habits to be creative. These habits are hard work, persistent effort, self-reliance, and self confidence.
* Let the Children Meet Creativity: Give the children the opportunity to explore and try new things without being very critical.

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