Over the past couple weeks I have been reading plenty of books on entrepreneurship. Not only am I in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Honors Program here at the University of Maryland, College Park but I have also dedicate my Honors Seminar paper completely to student entrepreneurship. I think entrepreneurship is a very important value to instill into the citizens of America and the world for that matter. Some are innately born with that entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to create and innovate a product or service that solves a problem or improves upon an already existing solution. Other people gain an interest through time and really see a gap or a void that they can fill with their creative ideas. I personally aspire to create my own innovation incubator where I essentially sit around a white board with other smart and creative individuals and come up with devices that will make life easier for humanity in some shape or form.
In the financial slump that our economy is currently in, we are now more than ever in a greater need for entrepreneurs. It is entrepreneurs who will create companies thus creating jobs and putting more money back directly into our economy. Not only do they create companies but those companies create products or offer services that, in order for the business to survive, revolutionize or at least improve the consumer’s life in a very simple way. This is why I am personally studying to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship because I hope in the near future I will be taking the first steps towards creating my own business that advances technology and improves the standard of living for everyone on the planet.
I’ve learned a lot in the past couple weeks since restarting my whole online presence. The renovation of my home on the web started the weekly scheduled philosophy shows with my friend Tommy Wyderko. So far we have done two with the most recent one being about the values of our lives. I went to a leadership conference last week here on campus at UMD and learned that I value success a lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what makes me tick which includes this need for success. I’ve been doing a lot of reading online about business and entrepreneurship because I am in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Honors Program here at the University of Maryland. With the recent death of Steve Jobs, many people have been commenting on his business strategies and techniques and how he essentially ruled his company with an iron fist. He wasn’t satisfied until he reached what he considered perfect. Apparently he was ruthless and relentless on his journey to creating the perfect consumer electronics and that was his way of achieving success. If was very effective but it all depends on the perspective you take. He was successful in the way that he revolutionized the smartphone, mp3, and tablet industries but was probably unsuccessful in the strain on the relationships he had with his employees. Everybody has their own approaches to what their consider success and how they will achieve it.
It is also important to realize that he was battling a rare form of cancer and it was a fight that Jobs ultimately lost. You need to take into consideration that Jobs almost lost his life before and took numerous medical leaves. Almost losing your life can definitely change your outlook on it yet Jobs couldn’t be stopped and continued on to release product after product until his dying day. One thing that amazed me though was the fact that Jobs had little to no philanthropy efforts. Success to me is meant to be shared. Once you have built an empire and made billions of dollars, the least you can do is to give back to those who need it. Jobs, while one of the most successful businessmen of my generation, in my opinion needed to share the wealth with the people who aren’t able to have similar success stories based on their current economic situations. Another aspect of success in my opinion is that you can be successful by helping others reach success. Another great is doing exactly what I think success should be modeled after. Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation, give back to communities who need it most and that is using your success to create more success and that is what we should all aim for. (Disclaimer I am a PC not a Mac)
Hey guys! I know it has been a while since you’ve last heard from me but I am here to tell you this blog is being used as a professional venue to express what I have learned throughout my experiences in day to day life. I will try to post here as frequently as possible, keeping you updated on the lessons I have learned and knowledge I have gained. Hopefully this will give you a better look into my life. Oh and I haven’t forgotten about my old philosophical endeavors and am happy to announce that I will restart the blog when I find available time and will be trying to get my content out in multiple formats and in multiple locations. This is a very exciting time as I am beginning the college life and am taking what I have learned thus far and applying it to my life to be as successful as possible. Seeing as I have a chem test coming up and it is 2 in the morning, my knowledge is telling me to get some rest! I will talk to you guys very soon!