Monday, October 13, 2008

Global Engagement

The world of today is facing many devastating problems and something needs to be done about it. One way of starting off is to become globally engaged. Bud Rock, Vice President for Global Engagement at Arizona State University stated that everyone “needs to be aware.” Being globally engaged not only benefits those that are being helped but those that are doing the helping. In this case global engagement is not about personal benefits, but about solving the problems the world is facing. Global engagement is important among college students because it advances the frontiers of knowledge, it will create security, and because the students will gain knowledge of other cultures.

To start off, students should be globally engaged because it will advance the frontiers of knowledge. Dealing with the problems the world is forcing people to come up with new ideas and/or inventions. It would motive people to come up with new solutions and it would create entrepreneurs as well. For instance, coming up with new solutions forms competitiveness with those who are going for the same goal, therefore, creating better technology to help those in need. Global Engagement could make every aspect of life, such as technology and education better, as long as people take the initiative and do something to help the cause.

Next, global engagement will create security around the world. We interact with people from different backgrounds and different cultures and that alone builds relationships that will grow. Also, being globally engaged will make the world a safer place because people are striven to make this world a better and safer place, therefore the people living in this world will be secure. Secure from things such as global warming or anything that is threatening Earth.

Lastly, with global engagement, student gain knowledge of other cultures. Global engagement enables people to be open around people from different cultures and understanding those people. Before anyone does anything to benefit anyone, they must understand the type of people they are working with. Because if they are doing it to help those people, they must learn what will make their way of living better.

Being globally engaged is important if we plan to change the outcome of this world. The world is facing many problems and we are the solution. The only way to do this is to come together with people that have different views and perspectives and work together to come up with a solution. So go out there and do something that this world can benefit from.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Entrepreneurship is not just something that people are born into; entrepreneurs make their own path towards the future. The world of today is calling for people to come up with ideas that would benefit this world socially or economically. Donald F. Kuratko and Richard M. Hodgetts wrote in their article titled Entrepreneurship: A Contemporary Approach, “Entrepreneurism is now one of the most sought after disciplines to be learned within our educational systems.” There is a high demand for entrepreneurs and people need to take time and create a new venture, but first they must now how to become one. To be a successful entrepreneur, people need to take risks, be proactive, and let their passion drive them.

A great entrepreneur takes risks. Not every entrepreneur out there is rich, therefore, those who are seeking to be an entrepreneur have to make the sacrifice of investing their money towards what they plan to achieve. Although in reality, investing that money would not be a sacrifice because that money is going towards a good cause. Entrepreneurs also take the risk of whether their plan will actually work. For instance, if an accountant creates his own firm, he has to hope that he will have clients to keep his business going. Deciding whether to take a risk is a tough decision to make, but if your reason to take the risk is for good cause, then one should definitely take that risk.

Also, a person who wants to be an entrepreneur must be proactive. One must take the initiative by actually doing something about a certain situation rather than just sitting down on the side and not doing anything about it. For example, global warming is a huge problem around the world and a proactive person would either find a way to help prevent global warming or come up with some sort consumer good that could replace the a high pollutant such as a car. One must be constantly looking for ways to improve our way of life. That is why entrepreneurs are needed; we need to help make the world a better place.

The key thing an entrepreneur must have is passion. Passion is what motivates one to go through with something and actually cause change. Without passion, there is nothing that would motivate a person to do a certain thing. One’s passion is what drives them and helps them accomplish whatever they hope to accomplish. With that passion that one holds, they must act upon it and do something about it. Entrepreneurship is being taught in schools because the world is needing those bright individuals that can cause change, so make your mark in this world.