College is the time to become the person you aspire to be. It’s the buffer between childhood and adulthood. It’s the place where you have the opportunity to network, and discover what it is you want to do with your life. So why should every entrepreneur want to be in your shoes?

Corporate executives have a LARGE burden on their shoulders. They have quarterly earnings, board of directors meetings, and an overwhelming number of shareholders they need to satisfy (in order to keep their job at least). Running a corporation, although sometimes glamorous, can have daunting tasks, and can take the fun aspect out of entrepreneurship.
As a 20 something, we have everything going for us. We exist only in this little bubble called college. In college the opportunities are limitless. The college ‘nest egg’ will allow us to take risks that most CEO’s wouldn’t dare consider. Losses we experience in college are notches on our belts we take with us into the real world. No one reached the top without skinning their knees a few times. Colleges are hubs of resources for students to leverage. The college ecosystem can help buffer growing pains for businesses; you just need to know where to look!

As a student at Florida State, I have been given every opportunity imaginable. The community has been more than supportive, and given me the tools to get my feet off the ground. Here’s 10 commonly subsidized resources that could potentially be provided by your university or town.

  1. Accounting
  2. Legal Advice
  3. Marketing
  4. Incubator Space
  5. Grant Opportunities
  6. Cloud Computing Space
  7. Competitions for $
  8. Events and Programming
  9. Student Organizations
  10. Community Support Groups

I’ve always said it’s what you do outside the classroom that separates you from your peers. The least you can do is TRY! You will find a whole new world of potential you didn’t know existed. By trying and failing over and over, we can learn from our mistakes and grow our business intelligence. Why doesn’t every college kid start a business? It’s difficult to have a start-up when you’ve been working corporate for 10 years, and have a family to provide for. That’s the time when getting your knees skinned could be devastating. Your college support network is here to bandage you right up. Use the support provided by your university and start today.

 

This is it! The time is now! We’ve all had those ‘million dollar ideas’. What differentiates you from the millionaire down the street is they took the first step. The first step is by far the hardest, but the one you’ll cherish the most. No one ever attained greatness doing what everyone else does.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsch

One of my professor’s insisted I get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The more uncomfortable situations you put yourself in, the more comfortable you get in those situations. By working every day to make sure you’re gaining new experiences, you will acquire a growth mindset over time. My professor’s words have stuck with me, and fundamentally changed the way I have approached risks.

Your unique view on situations is what separates you from everyone else in the room. Look to people who have ‘been there’ for advice (not answers). Build off your catastrophes, and realize that failure is a HUGE part of success. If you strive to be the best you can every day, and develop yourself as a student of the art of entrepreneurship, you will eventually attain your goals. It’s OK to go out and party with your friends, but remember why you came to college in the first place.

Many times we fail to realize that we set our own limits, and no one can truly stop us.The only person holding you back is the person you see in the mirror. The people who want it the most are the ones who are willing to put in the sweat. So be innovative, seize opportunity, embrace failure, and be the change you wish to see in the world.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” ― Michael Jordan

What resources does your college offer? How can older executives leverage surrounding universities? Let me know in the comments below!

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