How entrepreneurial are you?

One of my clients, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, has just posted a very interesting article on entrepreneurship on its web site. Entitled “7 Ways to Make Students More Entrepreneurial,” It’s written by Andrew B. Hargadon, a professor of management and the faculty director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of California at Davis. In it, he highlights seven important lessons about entrepreneurship that students should learn. The article was originally published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

As I read it, I realized these are lessons that all entrepreneurs and business owners should know–not just college students–although certainly if we can educate a new generation of youngsters to be entrepreneurially minded in their careers, it will help keep our economy humming in the future. Whether they go on to found their own businesses or become intrapreneurs working within corporations to create something new, knowing Hargadon’s lessons will stand the next generation in good stead.

How do you measure up against Prof. Hargadon’s seven lessons? Are you connecting ideas to create something new? Are you building a strong network around you? Do you know what you don’t know? And can you think of any important lessons to add to this list?

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