Monday, June 15, 2009

Today Ain't Kids' Stuff

What skills do kids need to succeed in a chaotic future? According to Sue Shellenbarger's article in last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal: Adaptability, Exploration, and Entrepreneurialism.

As a matter of fact, those are the same skills needed by today’s workers as they face an uncertain future. The problem is that so many people are so tied to old ways of thinking that it’s very hard, if not impossible, for them to change…so they end up as casualties of the change they were trying to escape.

In a survey released Thursday by the non-profit Junior Achievement, more than 60% of 1100 employees and managers said entrepreneurial attitudes are important for workers of all kinds.

Lots of folks mistakenly believe that an entrepreneurial attitude is all about taking risks. Nothing could be further from the truth. Entrepreneurship is about identifying an opportunity, calculating the risks, marshalling the resources (knowledge, skills, and stuff…money, tools, etc.) to take advantage of the opportunity, and then taking action. Entrepreneurs are trying to minimize risk with preparation.

All those steps along the way require skills, knowledge, and courage; exactly the types of resources needed if anyone, younger or older, is going to succeed in today’s volatile environment.

Now is not the time to hunker down. Now is the time to step up, and out.

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