Young would-be entrepreneurs struggle with frustrations. People and systems stand in their way. No one listens to them or appreciates what they try to do. Their great strength lies in their absolute self-confidence, and it seems to them no one shares their convictions. And, the traditional education system becomes their number one enemy.
What's wrong with traditional onsite school?
Young entrepreneurs often manifest obsessive focus and drive. Any structure or organization that fails to facilitate that obsession is a barrier. Public education becomes a brick wall, not a hurdle. It has little to do with their process and only presents irrelevant distraction.
- Schedules get in their way.
- Socialization does not interest.
- Collaboration is neither welcomed or encouraged.
- Methodology is archaic.
- Tools are dated and inadequate.
And, they are denied an effective voice! (Thanks to Zak Malamed and #stuvoice that's changing.)
What's an entrepreneur's life?
A number of women entrepreneur's were recently asked about the challenges their driven lives present. Their input applies as easily to male entrepreneurs:
- The agility required to run a business also presents a challenge to keep moving, willing to shift gears and direction to realize a dream.
- Despite the self-confidence, it is a daily chore to fight self-doubt. If an entrepreneur to shut out the fear of failure, s/he must avoid the noise of daily life. They are bound to make the most of their time.
- Young entrepreneurs do not understand money or appreciate the link between funding and innovation. So, they need to be quick learners, and the traditional school system offers them no exposure to strategic financing principles.
- People need some mental agility allowing them time to rest, research, and renew. They need some structure and counseling that lets them align pursuits with goals.
- Most obstacles are imagined or psychological. Roadblocks are most often illusions, perceptions and doubts. Young entrepreneurs need the time, experience, and failure to mature in their ability to weigh events and values.
- Persistence is a value learned through experience. Traditional school structures have little room for passion and drive. Legacy education has no room for failure, options, or Plan B.
- The socialization offered in legacy education shapes students for their future social relationships. But, it does not provide the energy and common interest of networking. Entrepreneurs do not socialize through gaming and sports. They value friends who brainstorm and listen. They appreciate sharing, feedback, and advice which they process through their self-confidence.
- Entrepreneurs learn to trust their intuition. And, intuition is not a subject matter or method taught in the standard curriculum. Intuition, self-interest, and decisiveness are not found in the canon of public school literacy.
What's the option to traditional education?
Some entrepreneurs feel the urge to do and be something different as early as elementary school. More feel the calling in late middle school as they approach high school. Their passion, conviction, and self-confidence begin to define their lives, and one evidence is weakening progress in "ordinary" school. And, there are real, productive, and effective opportunities for them to complete their diploma requirements online.
- Instruction is asynchronous, allowing them time to pace their performance and progress with programs that are available 24/7.
- Live and virtual instruction proves engaging and novel, as they use virtual whiteboards, smartboards, webcams, desktop sharing, virtual break-out rooms, and more.
- Accessible instructors invite dialog through email, telephone, streaming video, online textbooks, virtual labs, and Skype.
Online education lets students design their own study plan and strategic curriculum - with understanding and supportive mentors. Recognized for their passion and commitment, would-be entrepreneurs appreciate an environment that supports their creative, critical thinking, personal empowerment, and purposeful living. Online education enables the personalized education that cultivates entrepreneurial thinking.