Entrepreneurship is a lightly used but extremely powerful field of work. Commonly starting off as what we now call a “side hustle”, many dedicated entrepreneurs have gone on to build businesses that we as a society rely on today. The likes of Airbnb, Uber, DoorDash and even Apple, started off with individuals who practiced entrepreneurship and used a variety of skills to bring an idea to life. But where does this spirit and dedication come from? With an education system and social pressures focused on getting and keeping a job, but a society that’s constantly needing progression, there seems to be a wide gap. So, how do we spark creative minds to not only think of these ideas but hone in on the skills and motivation it takes to be an entrepreneur?
A common statistic shared by NASA states that between the ages of 4-5, children have 95% creative capacity, however this dwindles to a mere 2% by the time they enter the workforce in their 20s. What’s the reason for this? Many lean on the structured education curriculum that focuses more on the “correct answer” than the practice of analysis, problem solving and thinking outside the box. Others may look at the simple lack of exposure to the concept of creativity and coming up with new ideas. Either way, it seems that instilling ideas of creativity and entrepreneurship at a young age is key to a trajectory of reaching one’s maximum potential and utilizing the creative skills we are all born with.
Don’t be mistaken - entrepreneurship is difficult, and it is for that reason that it could be such a key element within education. To be an entrepreneur, the fundamental idea of knowing that you can actually “come up with something new” rather than looking at what’s already there, is a major creative thought-path that must be exercised. Concepts of product development, research, finances, relationship-building, marketing, design and project management are all aspects of entrepreneurship that can be taught within education, and assists children in honing in on the skills that make them successful.
With many children not exposed to the idea of being a thought-starter, or an entrepreneur until they’re older, it seems that including entrepreneurship in education is a positive and productive method of increasing student engagement and potential. It’s programs like the My1of1 Student Creativity & Entrepreneurship Program that interactively teaches and inspires students to utilize their entrepreneurial skills, but also classes like design and science that have the capability to touch on the many benefits of entrepreneurship.