Entrepreneurship Education Through Education for Operation By Galit Zamler
Being an entrepreneur means simultaneously planning to take concrete actions which fulfilling the project. Therefore, entrepreneurs are operational people.
Education for action also can be given to children; they have to know they have to act to achieve something.
Start despite the concern
There are concerns before implementation of almost any idea, but despite the concern, the entrepreneur takes action.
Many people avoid promotion and implementation of their ideas. These inhibitions can occur because of many reasons such as a low self-image, lack of faith in yourself, fear of failure, depressing environment etc.
However, the entrepreneur must start to take action. As long as he just thinks, plans and talks about his idea, he is not an entrepreneur; entrepreneurship expressed in action.
Who deterred from taking action, but still want to be practical, recommended to act according to a Japanese developed method named Kaizen. This method is defined in the Robert Maurer's book, One Small Step Can Change Your Life, as a method for achieving greater sustained success using small and consistent steps.
Start with little steps encourages action, less deterred and still takes us forward. Even large organizations learn and use the Kaizen method when they make changes in the organization. It is similar to a situation where we are served food we never tasted, our first thought is: Is it tasty? Maybe not? And maybe yes? First, we taste it a little, and if it's delicious, we will keep eating. On the other hand, there is a possibility we won't even try to taste.
It's just like that in action taking: There is some concern, but if we start with a small step we may experience success and move forward, or maybe not, and we will stop or look for alternative ways. But there will also be those people who stagnate, so there is no chance they will experience success.
The Beatles Band, which known for its success, had started its way performing in a little nightclub in Germany. That success encouraged them to perform in more clubs, and progressively, in continual improvement, the band reached its universally recognized status.
Start despite the difficulty
Practically, initiates the project despite the challenges. Almost all entrepreneurs experience difficulties at the beginning, but only those who keep going despite the challenges are reaching for success. But those that raise their hands as a sign of giving up will never reach there.
The first actions are used as a lever to move forward. Like riding a bike, it's hard at first, especially without training wheels. It's easy to give up at this stage, and it is possible, despite the difficulties and the falls, to continue until you know how to ride. It is the same in different fields, such as playing musical instruments, sports, doing business, and so on.
When we see others who know how to ride a bike, play, etc. it seems to us that success comes to them easily, but they have trained and had difficulty at first, as they say, No one is born with the knowledge...
The Israeli song All Beginnings Are Tough by Eitan Masuri explains this matter well. Here's the chorus:
All beginnings are tough, but later it gets better
All beginnings are tough
You should never, ever give up!
Those who still flinch can set themselves a goal and every day do at least one single act that will take them closer to the goal, such as setting up an appointment, making a phone call, sending out an email, talking to someone, writing an article, etc. These actions will drive us from the concept stage to the implementation stage and to actualization.
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