Archive for August, 2010

Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

About a year ago, I came across the TED videos and I watch the ones that interest me personally.

This TEDx video in particular by Cameron Herold was very interesting to me since it involves kids, education, and entrepreneurship.

Here are some bullet points from the video that I wanted to remember and will try to apply as my kids grow up:

Entrepreneurial Traits to Nurture:

  • attainment
  • boot strapping
  • customer service
  • handling failure
  • introspection
  • leadership
  • networking
  • sales
  • tenacity

Entrepreneurial Skills to Teach:

  • how to sell
  • how to save money
  • problem solving
  • public speaking
  • to ask for help
  • to ask questions
  • to be creative
  • to lead others
  • to learn from mistakes
  • to never give up
  • to see solutions
  • to want to make money

Thanks Cameron for a great video.

Oh, by the way a TED event will be coming to Albuquerque, NM on September 18, 2010.  You can find out more here TEDxABQ, I’ll be there.

– Dom

Here is the video link for those who can’t see the embedded viewer:

A Native Professional Story

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

In my life journey so far, I benefited from several native individuals who helped guide me at different points in my life.

These were in-person conversations where ideas were exchanged and advice was given on “what to watch out for” or “nuggets of knowledge” based on experience & wisdom from being there before.

With the power of the internet & time-shifted learning, we now have a opportunity to share our “native professional story” with many more native youth than talking to each individually.

Now that I’m back in Albuquerque, and among more native professionals, I’m going to interview and collect the success and failure stories of today’s native professionals, leaders, and business owners.  I strongly believe that the things we did wrong (failures) are just as important as the things we did right (success).

I’ve decided to create a new category on this Blog to highlight this effort, so now on the left side you will see “A Native Professional Story” link and be able to click it to see the latest interviews available.  As more individuals are interviewed a page will be created to house the list and their areas of knowledge and expertise.

First on the list is of Dr George Blue Spruce Jr, a person who dealt with adversity, attained success on many levels, and wrote a book.

I will also be doing a self interview soon, I just need to work out all the questions I want to ask myself and others in the future.

I’m also open to any question suggestions.

This should be a very interesting and fun project to document the stories so the native youth can learn from what the native professionals, leaders, & business owners have learned.

– Dom

Career Planning Fallacies

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently found the Harvard Business Review IdeaCast on iTunes.  I came across a informative podcast called “Avoid These Career-Planning Fallacies” that talked about career paths of managers and executives, about 15 minutes long.  In particular it was interesting to hear about the topics of job hopping, promotions, and international experience.  For those looking for career insight, this is a great episode.  I have added this channel to my podcast listening list on my iPhone.  Here is the direct link to the blog where the audio is, enjoy!

– Dom

Public Education

August 4, 2010 1 comment

This is a interesting video on public education by a Seth Godin interview.  I did not know some of the history on how public education was started.  I have come to believe that our kids need to be more creative and entrepreneurial to be successful today.  That the traditional public school & college teach our kids to look for jobs vs creating jobs/companies.  This is particularly difficult with kids on tribal reservations since distance & quality high speed internet access is a large factor in not being aware of their life possibilities.

– Dom

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