Monday, November 24, 2008

Pipe Dreams

So I was at several conferences and speaking engagements last week, and at one of the conferences on entrepreneurial communities a woman stood up and asked me "why do we want to fill all of our young children with Pipe Dreams?"

This really sorta bristled me, I mean kids all seem to have that entrepreneurial spirit (have you ever seen a 3 year old fearlessly explore their world?)...and then slowly we take it out of them, and in it's place we fill them with rules, expectations, and fears.

Part of the entrepreneurial spirit is wrapped up in the idea of doing something you love, another part is doing something that unleashes something creative in you, that nobody else might understand. It takes a lot of faith, confidence, and courage to do that something...ya'know?

I was a keynote for a Junior Achievement fundraiser, an organization I love. There I had a chance to speak about a few Pipe Dreams in a sixth grade class...that without prompting, without encouragement....started 7 different business's (all listed in the end of the video)

No Fear, it's the only way I can explain it :)

3 comments:

JD said...

Oh, man, I totally want to know what Stick Wars is--that sounds like something I may have been into when I was a kid--whenever we needed a weapon of any kind, pistol, sword, machine gun, etc. we could always find a stick to stand in for it--I wonder if it's anything like that?

kristen said...

I loved your post today. I had a very strong entrepreneurial spirit when I was young, and lots of ideas. At some point my ideas were put on the back burner and I figured I had to go to college and get a job working for someone else.

That spirit never totally left though, and one day I just let it take over. I'm now self employed doing exactly what I love, what inspires me, and what fires my passion. I get to be creative, free spirited and continue to dream about what's around the corner.

It's sad that people don't think this is possible. It totally IS. I think it's great that you're out there spreading the word, keeping hopes high.

BIGGBY BOB said...

thanks kristen...your note means a lot :)