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How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur in College


I get it – the day-to-day life of a College student.  As difficult as it is to imagine, it can be quite an enjoyable experience. Waking up at 6:00 am, knowing that you have only 2 hours to study for a test that you have been putting off for the longest. Imagining all the people you will have to nonchalantly ignore, making sure not to have any eye contact whatsoever, while walking to your class. Then once you arrive at your class, sticking your face in your phone in hopes no one starts talking to you so that the class gets over that much quicker.

I know what you’re thinking: “Why did he put enjoyable? That MUST be a classic iPhone misspelling.” As much of a surprise as it is, that was no error dun-dun-duun. As a matter of fact, every point I made in the first paragraph can actually enable you to get one step closer to becoming an entrepreneur.  On the other hand, it is one thing to be an entrepreneur and another to be a successful entrepreneur.

To become a successful entrepreneur, we must look at the routines of everyday college life in a different perspective.  For instance, that 6:00 am alarm you set (with those 20 other alarms) can be looked at a completely different angle.  Most people are not up at 6:00 in the morning; the typical mindset of an individual wants to sleep in till noon, wake up, not go to work, and just stay at home the entire day, then at night party.  After that, start the day over again.  Don’t get me wrong, that sounds AMAZING, but it hinders you from becoming the best that you can be.  In fact, more than half the millionaires in the world wake up at 5 in the morning.  For instance, Virgin America CEO David Cush wakes up, sends emails, reads the paper, and then hitting the bike at the gym.  Now, this isn’t some fad that has just started to erupt. This mindset has been embraced for decades.  Benjamin Franklin set his routine around waking up at 5 am and asking himself, “What good shall I do this day?”

Why do they get up that early every day?  Because they know two facts that most people do not take into account.

1.  You tend to do your most productive work in the morning.

2.  Most people are still in bed which leaves an open world to the day breakers.

When you’re walking to class, smile and greet everyone you see.  You may not get a reply back every time, but they will remember your face.  Step in their shoes:  If you found out you had to be in a group with someone and you had two choices.  The first choice would be someone you didn’t know, and the other was someone who greeted you every morning with a bright attitude, who would you choose?

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Now, how does this make a difference?  In business, it’s not what you know, but who you know.  Networking with students who you are around everyday can help in a multitude of ways.  If your business is internet-based then you have an excess of people willing to help, and get the word around about your business.  If your business is in the prototyping stage, there is plenty of potential for beta testers.