Entrepreneurs as Mentors

When schoolchildren are asked what do they want to be when they grow up, the answer is entrepreneur. A recent Gallup poll shows that 77% want to be their own boss, 45% want to start their own business, and 42% want to invent something that changes the world.

In an era of role models such as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, this is not surprising. However, these type of famous individuals are not available to mentor most students.

What role can and should Entrepreneurs play in mentoring such students? I am sure that successful Entrepreneurs had role models and mentors that guided them through their passion of becoming innovators. Do they then not have a responsibility to give back?

Most students might have a desire to be entrepreneurs, but have no experience or knowledge to better understand what it takes to be a risk-taker and grow a business. If groomed at a younger age with seasoning from experienced Entrepreneurs, these students have a better shot at becoming successful.

Entrepreneurs need to take leadership in exploring opportunities in their local communities as to how they can mentor aspiring students. After all, the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship has to be kept alive. Who better to do so than ones that have already been through that journey?

Ravi Patel



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