How To Make It – by Erin Austen Abbott

So in preparation for my new gig- preparing to launch an Int’l Montessori Academy in Capital Hill, I’m conducting a bit of research to better understand entrepreneurs. Why, you might ask? Well, I need to figure out how to market entrepreneurship to prospective parents for an elementary school. What makes our school different is that our goal is to develop, through teachers and curriculum, the entrepreneurial spirit and mind of our students. This means: embracing trial and error, developing a community of relationships, embracing a strong work ethic….etc.  I dunno, I’m still throwing around ideas and trying to come a better angle with this marketing strategy.

In trying to figure out a clear mission statement for our school, I figured a solid place to start would be to read about creative individuals who have made the jump to entrepreneur. Here are a few of my takeaways from Erin Austen Abbott’s fantastic gem of a book , How to Make It:

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How To Make It by Erin Austen Abbott
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“I try to carry a sense of naïveté and playfulness while also staying true to my favorite thing to do in the world, which is to be cozy.” – Painter, Caroline Z Hurley

Having an entreprenuerial mind is all about learning through immersion. This means messing up and then fixing the problems that have been created. Staying organized, creating lists and finding a mentor or community of collaborators is extremely helpful. You have to be authentic; learn from mistakes; take things one step at a time; be flexible and willing to try; set realistic expectations.

I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes from Painter, Caroline Z Hurley:

“Be strong and set on the goal, but creative and flexible on the journey.”

“I have learned that the quality I must possess as an entreprenuer is that I have to just know everything will be okay. and I have to know that for every problem that arises I will figure out the answer and that nothing is too difficult to solve.”

Thanks for reading,

J.

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