The Teen and I were guest speakers at the Loyola College of Culion for a class of first year college entrepreneurship majors. She brought the younger perspective of life in the big city and what to expect abroad, different types of learning she has experienced (less rote learning, more critical thinking), etc. for kids, who while in first year college, were roughly her age or just a year older. I was so proud to see her speak in front of a group of 50+ folks, totally unrehearsed, based only on a few note cards she had prepared beforehand. Like father, like daughter, her Filipino language skills are left wanting, but I think she managed to communicate effectively nonetheless… Located in an airy school building under the shade of near century old acacia trees, this rural setting was just such an eye-opener for both the Teen and myself.
Once the Teen finished her part of the presentation, I talked with the students about setting personal goals for 5 to 10 years out, and tried to figure out what their ambitions included. It was an interesting group of students, some less shy than others, but overall we managed to build a dynamic back and forth. We talked about entrepreneurship as a career option and several types of businesses they might consider in the future. We also talked about broad issues of what would make one a more successful entrepreneur than others…
While my educational training is mostly in business and finance, it was relatively easy to switch to the specific topic of entrepreneurship and it’s hard to explain, but the energy that comes from young people can be so incredibly positive. I hadn’t planned on it, but towards the end of my talk I threw down a challenge, and asked the kids to dream up a practical entrepreneurial idea for the entire class to pursue, and I would partially fund it if the business plan made sense and it seemed like it was worth pursuing. i hope they take me up on the challenge. It’s one thing to study entrepreneurship, but another matter all together to learn it while actually doing it.
Many thanks to Ms. Analita G. Gacusan who invited us to speak at the school, and to Fr. Xavier Alpasa, the President of the school, for sitting in on the talk and his kind words of appreciation. Some of you may recognize Fr. Alpasa from his other efforts at the Ateneo to pursue entrepreneurial activities to uplift youth and others in impoverished neighborhoods… I think Culion is very lucky to have him there. The Teen and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at the Loyola College of Culion and wish all of the students there a successful future in business!