student living in a 1.5 room apartment with an internet connection, a full
course load and a driving passion to make on online business that works. Ten
years ago, most people would have thought this student is a fool.
Today, I know that this student is going to find what he is looking for,
because of one word:
The saying goes, “You need money to make money.” I disagree.
Allow me to explain with three scenarios:
Student-entrepreneur A makes a business of his HTML site building skills to
make websites for people at $100/contract. All he needs is a computer and an
internet connection. Because this entrepreneur has taken advantage of a
skill he can provide (that he is really good at) at no additional cost to
himself, upon graduation he is already ahead of his peers.
Student-entrepreneur B writes an E-book to guide his fellow classmates when
they give an oral presentation in class. He has had countless success
stories of presentations he has given with positive results. He sells his
book on the internet to other students who are looking for the key to giving
a good oral presentation. The book is a flop, but he keeps trying to find
ways to market new products and gain experience.
Here we have two examples of students who have nothing but free time on the
weekend and an internet connection to begin taking control over their own
Let me give you a third profile.
Student-entrepreneur C is studying business in university. Unlike the first
two he decides to wait until he graduates before he takes on any new
projects. He has some great break-through ideas, but all his advisors are
telling him to focus on school because “it is a full time job in and of
itself” and “your grades will follow you for life.” Upon graduation this
entrepreneur gets a full time job in Documentation at a paper company and
during his evenings he works on his business projects. He also gets married,
buys a house and starts raising a family.
In which of these examples do you see Bill Gates? What about Steve Jobs?
Of the three entrepreneurs, which ones do you think are following their
Since I am throwing quotes out quite a bit, here is another one:
“What a man does on his free time determines who he really is.”
When you graduate with your undergraduate degree, employers are looking for
experience. Unfortunately, you can only get experience by being hired by an
employer who understands that you have NO experience…but all the employers
want candidates with experience!
There seems to be a vicious circle.
If you have been working in tune with your passion, this should not be an
issue. If you are passionate about starting businesses, or writing books, or
geography or politics-You should have plenty of experience from initiatives
you have taken up on your own. Enough that would amaze any employer.
About the Author: Daniel
Massicotte is an English Literature Major at McGill University. In addition
to writing, he enjoys public speaking and starting businesses. His tool
Instant PowerPoint Presentations can be found at www.Aplus-students.com.
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