College entrepreneurship: Launch a business while in college

Students working on a business plan

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 6, 2014 — Entrepreneurship in today’s college students’ curriculum is not the norm. However, for those savvy students looking for a career beyond the 9 to 5, entrepreneurship offers expanded opportunities.

The typical college student going through the normal college routine takes their required courses in a major, gets an internship or two, participates in student organizations to cushion their resume, attends job recruiting fairs, graduates and work the 9 to 5 for the rest of their lives.

But a small group of college students are starting to get involved in the entrepreneurial world, where instead of looking for a job, they create one.

The process of presenting a coherent pitch to investors, even if they say no, will only build character to succeed in the real world. Being told “no” builds tenacity, morals and strong will that cannot be learned from participating in student organizations.

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The classic examples of individuals who chose the entrepreneurial route rather than the normal college student would be Michael Dell, starting Dell Computers from his dorm, Mark Zuckerberg starting Facebook from his Harvard dorm room, Mark Cuban at Indiana University and Bill Gates dropping out of Harvard to launch Microsoft.

The process of create a business from scrap can be a worthwhile journey.

There is no better way to learn how the real world works than to being criticized and told your business idea is no good by investors and business owners.

The reward from the criticizim will only help one get better in the process of building a business from scrap.

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While praise makes you feel good, it is not necessarily a learning experience. It can even be damaging, when the “good job” really does not meet standards. Honest feedback, whether positive or negative, will help students learn and grow.

That is why college students embarking on the entrepreneur route are building the skills needed for the real world and are building a mentality of being able to take criticize constructively and not as form of punishment.

A college student can separate himself from the heard by going through the entrepreneur process. As the late Steve Jobs said, “Stay Foolish Stay Hungry.”

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