Nowadays, promoting entrepreneurship in education is an essential key for students to take risks, be independent, to #DARETOEMAGINE and have confidence in their future work.
To understand the importance of this concept, first, we must know what it means. The venture refers to the attitude and aptitude to carry out a project through ideas and opportunities facing adversity. The term is used, above all, in economics, in which an enterprise is an initiative that assumes an economic risk in order to take advantage of a market opportunity.
Promoting entrepreneurship in children, young people and adults is important to promote their autonomy and overcoming life. The benefits of this practice are multiple: creativity, assertiveness, trust and positive thinking develop. On the other hand, I also improve the ability to resolve conflicts and make decisions.
Current European, state and regional regulations dictate that the entrepreneurial spirit is a key competence that should be integrated into the curriculum, maintained and reinforced over the years.
While there are people who are born with the right qualities to be great entrepreneurs, much of the qualities are acquired. That is why the implementation of entrepreneurship in education is the key for future entrepreneurs to be able to innovate, create and adapt to changes.
Some of the most important attitudes of an entrepreneur are:
– Initiative , the basis of an entrepreneur. Did you know that Steve Jobs did not finish the race, but, nevertheless, was able to get his own company afloat? The initiative is to jump into the pool and transform ideas into actions.
– Creativity . It is not necessary to invent what is already invented, but I do have to be creative in solving problems or identifying new possibilities of doing things.
– Trust . It is important that the entrepreneur trust himself and be optimistic. There is no doubt that sometimes you lose and sometimes you win, but maintaining a positive attitude is the key to dealing with problems and attracting success.
– Responsibility , both with yourself and with the rest. I must be able to assess the consequences of each decision.
– Passion . Successful entrepreneurs give themselves to their project with total commitment and passion to achieve the objectives set.
Anthony Tjan, co-author of Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck , states that there are 4 pillars of the foundation of any venture: the heart, intelligence, guts and luck.
The heart is the passion I put into a project, all those illusions that I want to fight for. The intelligence is based on the reasoning to carry out my plan and be able to use the indicated tools to achieve it. The luck is an element that can educate, having the right attitude to build honest and loyal relationships. However, guts are the real engine of a project. To carry out an idea, I need to have a lot of courage, because I can find the worries and different fears that can slow its course. For this reason, guts and courage are essential to persevere and reach the goal, despite the difficulties that may arise.
It is important to create an innovative and creative learning environment through games, activities, groups, organizations, etc. The creative development of children through art allows them to give abstract solutions to different problems. Therefore, it is very positive to dedicate time and space to free expression, as it will help them to reflect, create ideas and know their motivations.
Strengthening self-esteem is essential. Teaching the child to think that he can achieve anything he intends with effort is just as important as knowing that error and failures are not a defeat. I have to promote a positive attitude and create an environment where making mistakes is allowed, being receptive to constructive criticism.
Letting the child decide on the things that matter or affect him and that face the consequences is a step towards his autonomy. Many times, fear paralyzes me and I don’t know what to do. To encourage entrepreneurship, it is important that, little by little, they can decide for themselves and face the consequences of their decisions.
More and more exercises, activities and teamwork are being raised. No doubt, two minds work better than one. Teaching children to communicate with their peers will reinforce many positive aspects in them (respect, trust, security, etc.) that, later, they can apply in their projects. Forging tools for successful and fluid communication will be a key step to be able to make your own ideas known effectively later.
Helping children discover themselves is a step for them to know what they can do best, what they like best and what their strength is. If the child likes to draw, it is better to reinforce and support that activity, instead of trying to instill something that creates negative feelings.
In summary, strengthening emotional intelligence, self-confidence and ability to create and achieve goals is the first step in fostering entrepreneurship in students. The second is to teach them self-control, effort and optimism, so that they can become self-sufficient and able to face difficulties, keeping an open and creative mind. Remember that being creative means thinking differently and being innovative means taking risks and putting ideas into practice.
It is not surprising that entrepreneurship in education is gaining more and more strength. The fact of forming more active young people, capable of creating projects and carrying them out, not only benefits only their own success, but also helps to create a more entrepreneurial and innovative society.
We educators have to take a step forward, be an example of this entrepreneurial mindset to be able to inspire our students, because in a future where automation and globalization are coming to stay, the only way to make young people can have a position secured The job is to be able to create it.
Our goal at e-Magine is to train in these skills and to be able to share what we are learning. Are you ready to teach entrepreneurial skills?
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