In her Ted Talk from Week 2, Janet Echelman talks about taking the imagination seriously. For her, that meant completely reinventing the type of art she made when she discovered her paints hadn’t arrived. Instead, she was inspired by what was around her and found a way to solve that problem.
While she is an artist, that action represents the kind of problem solving that is the hallmark of an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial thinking.
For this Creativity Quest, I would like you to identify someone entrepreneurial in your community who inspires you. This can be a small-business owner, an artist, a venture capitalist, a do-er…
Call that person and schedule a time to briefly speak with them. Tell them you want to know about what inspired them to start what they are doing. How did they decide to become a do-er, to change things in the world around them? What potential failures — like Janet’s paints — have they had to overcome and how did they do it? How do they stay inspired to innovate and where they go to find inspiration?
Ask them for their three top tips for budding entrepreneurs.
After your conversation, write an approximately two-page (double spaced) summary of what you learned. (Be sure to tell me at the beginning who the person is and why you chose him/her/they!)
At the end, add their three tips and one or two sentences of explanation for each. This is in addition to the two-page summary, not part of it.
Please number them and use this format:
- Always Take Action. Blah blah blah blah. Blah Blah Blah Blah.
- Stay Passionate. Blah Blah Blah Blah. Blah Blah
- Have a Good Accountant. Blah blah blah.
Submit assignment to D2L in the "Creativity Quest One" assignment folder.