3 People in the CSU Continuing Education Department that Helped Make Me an Entrepreneur
Effective leaders are constantly learning. The same is true for effective entrepreneurs. I never knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur until I started working as a lawyer in a private law firm. There, I learned how taking risk could pay big dividends. Most people are so afraid of risk, they avoid it at all costs.
Once you get that entrepreneurial itch, you’re infected. Nothing satisfies the drive to succeed, and you begin to look at the world in a completely different light — as a continuous opportunity to provide something to the world that no one else is, to do something unlike anyone else, or simply to provide the quality of service that a client or consumer demands. An entrepreneur is never content to work for someone else. The drive is innate. An entrepreneur loves it when he or she hears from someone else, “how can you do THAT”?!
In his book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki, states that in order to grow as a leader/entrepreneur, you must constantly acquire new knowledge by whatever means necessary. He suggests taking continuing ed courses or other courses.
So about 7 months ago, when I knew I wanted to start my own business and law firm, I started taking courses in Columbus State University’s Continuing Education Department. In doing so, I met three people that have helped me grow professionally in a profound and significant way.
1. Anne Thibault – the first class I took at Columbus State University was their Executive Presence Class. Me and about three other students learned from Anne Thibault who is a professionally trained actor. Anne made all the students prepare a speech and then recorded us delivering the speech. Then she made us give the speech again after watching it on video. I gave a passionate speech about why I represent injured people. Anne was one of the first people I told that I wanted to start my own business. After hearing my speech (which I memorized), Anne stated she had no doubt that I would be a successful lawyer and entrepreneur.
In that regard, Anne gave me confidence in myself to be a leader. She also taught me techniques actors use to present themselves to the world. Most importantly though, she taught me that in order to present your ideas effectively, you have to be authentic. According to Anne, you will never be a good communicator unless you are authentic in your presentation. In order to be authentic, you have to believe in what you are speaking about.
2. Lucas Shaffer – the second class I took at Columbus State University was an online marketing course from a young entrepreneur named Lucas Shaffer. Lucas basically blew my mind with what could be done online to connect with other people and how to use social media as a tool in building your brand. Lucas also introduced me to the ideas of Simon Sinek, who is a very inspiring motivational speaker in the advertising industry. (Sinek argues passionately that you must “start with why” in building your brand.) Lucas taught me how to tweet. He taught me about leadership. And he and his team at Stand and Stretch also built me a really cool website! He’s also become a friend of mine. I respect him and his team very much. They are doing great things for Columbus, Georgia.
3. Bill Adams – Bill is a pretty cool photographer who goes with the flow. He teaches a class at CSU’s Continuing Ed Department for beginner photography and Photoshop. I haven’t had too much class time with Bill at this point, but I can tell he loves the image as much as I do. He’s taught me how to take really cool pictures, and I have learned a lot about photographic composition and just practical aspects of photography.
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