Have your students ever shut down when they were out of their comfort zone?
My students absolutely have, many times. Two students come to mind:
- I had a student who, for years, talked about her dream job: becoming a forensic accountant. One summer, a fantastic company posted a forensic accounting internship near her hometown, but she wasn’t going to apply for it. When I asked why, she said she didn’t think she could compete for it. I asked her for a Zoom call, played a video like the one below, and spent the next hour helping her believe she was worthy of the internship. She didn’t get the internship that summer. But she did get it the next summer!
- Another student wanted to start a landscaping business. He didn’t believe he could make enough money to cover the cost to buy all the equipment. I helped him discover ways to borrow and rent equipment while he tested out his sales and service strategies and before he tried booking his first client, I sent him a video like the one below. Within a year, he had 30 clients and 2 employees.
If your students need some encouragement to believe in themselves, consider showing them some of these videos:
Entrepreneurship ask students to learn from their failures.
Of course, most of our students have been taught to fear failure and as a result, are fearful of even talking to customers, let alone trying to sell them something.
To combat that, you can use the video below to help your students learn that life isn’t about how well they avoid failure, it’s about how well they learn from it:
An experiential entrepreneurship classroom can be a stressful place for our students.
It’s full of uncertainty, challenge, and vulnerability. Many believe they can’t accomplish the things we ask of them. Many believe they can’t achieve their dreams.
Levity also goes a long way toward helping students feel more comfortable and confident. For a fun and lighthearted way to inspire your students, invite the “President” in for a pep talk:
Whenever your students are about to try something new, consider leveraging videos like these to give them a boost in confidence.
Show a video before they…
If you want to inspire your students, videos speak volumes!
In upcoming posts, we will share more videos to motivate your students, and exercises to engage your students.
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