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Have you ever thought about what makes an entrepreneur successful? Some of the qualities are vision, passion, flexibility, and a willingness to take risks. And, perhaps most importantly, a successful entrepreneur sees most setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. Even if you aren’t interested in becoming an entrepreneur, being able to think like an entrepreneur will help you with school projects and in your future career.
You are going to strengthen your entrepreneurial skills as you come up with an innovative business idea and create a prototype.
You can think like an entrepreneur every day by developing an entrepreneurial mindset, especially when you approach a new project, goal, or assignment. Here’s how:
The world is filled with products, services, and technologies that are ready for improvement—or even a complete redesign! Entrepreneurs create new products or change something that already exists to make it even better. Then they figure out a way to get it in front of the people who need it.
First, think about your life and the things that you care about. What is a general area that you think might be improved with a product, service, or technology?
As you think, remember that innovators can create new products or change something that already exists. For example, a creative person could develop a new app and then use her entrepreneurial skills to turn it into a business.
Now, go online and do some research into the specific idea that interests you. Find out what products, services, or technologies already exist. Then, think deeply and consider what new or adapted product, service, or technological solution you can come up with that might help solve a problem or fill a need.
Then, put your idea on paper! Write a short description and create a prototype to show what your product, service, or technology does and how it works. Throughout this whole process, remember to be creative and think outside the box!
And if you need some help, here are some real-world entrepreneurship examples to inspire you:
Think about these questions:
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Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.
Adapted from Step 1 of the Ambassador Entrepreneur Accelerator badge. Purchase the badge booklet to complete all requirements and earn the badge.
Made possible by a generous gift from Susan Bulkeley Butler, author of Become the CEO of You, Inc.