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After three weeks of (online) training  I found very interesting things in your blog. Indeed, we are starting to get ready for our meeting in Skopjie and for working seriously on your entrepreneurship ideas.

There is one thing missing still: critical sense. Our colleague Maria Manasieva puts is clearly in her “off the record” post, which I invite you to read. The point is: don’t just tell “great, I like it, you have my support, etc. etc.”, but let’s help each other to get deeper into our decisions and ideas.

Why?

I very rarely found ideas which were perfect in the first place. Most ideas need refinements, rethinking, sometimes revolutions, before they really make sense. So do our projects here, and this is why we are doing this path together: helping each otehr revolutionize and improve our ideas.

Changing (even improving) ideas can be painful – so, let’s be frank but kind. It iwll be like fresh air for everybody! Thanks!

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Week 4 – Some entrepreneurs’ stories

Hello everybody and welcome in week 4!

Last week each of us commented on others’ reasons to become an independent entrepreneur. These reasons are the starting point of a path that may lead to becoming an entrepreneur. Each path will present different needs, different issues and different approaches.

As we are at the starting point of our paths, it can be useful to watch others’ entrepreneurs paths!

This week you are asked to read 4 entrepreneurs stories

  1. Frixos Papadopoulos
  2. Marco Turco
  3. Richard Branson
  4. Massimo Annoni

Pick the story you feel is the most inspiring and involving; choose freely, focusing on your thought.
Then go to your blog and write a post of maximum 20 lines telling which story you have chosen, why is it inspiring, which aspects or part of the path you were impressed by and why.

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About the workshop

Just a short information: we added a page (see menu on top) with information about the workshop. Dates and location are set!

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Week 3 – Reasons to start

Last week each of us put her/his reasons to become an entrepreneur on their blogs. What do the other say?

Your task for this week is to visit at least 4 blogs by other participants and read their posts. Then take time to write a comment to at least 2 of them. What reasons do they bring? How are they similar or different from yours?

In your comments, be honest without being rude.  Keep in mind that your goal if understaing better your motivation to become an entrepreneur, and this is facilitated by discussing with others.

A second goal is to learn better about each other, in order to prepare the team for the common work.

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Week 2 – Who wants to be an entrepreneur?

Thanks for all the blogs you opened. As you can see, they are connected now to this blog (see bottom right). So now… we are ready to start week two!

As a start we will take the example of a VERY famous entrepreneurs, founders of one of the most successful companies of our times (although they went also through a deep crisis). This inspiring person is Steve Jobs. On the day he received an Honoris Causa title at Stanford, he delivered an insightful speech on being an entrepreneur – and much more.

As a start, please view the video.

Steve Jobs gives very deep reasons for being an entrepreneur. You are now starting a program for becoming an entrepreneur – what are your reasons for it?

Your assignment for this week is to go to your blog and write a post of maximum 20 lines about why you would like to become an entrepreneur. Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers, so feel free to say what you really think! This will help to make the discussion useful. Remember to do this before Friday!

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Week 1 – Let’s start!

The first week in our program is for heating the engines, and preparing to work.

How the course works

The online activities have a very simple structure. Every monday you will find on this blog a post (like this one) explaining the week’s activity. You are usually required to read something, analyze a text, and provide feedaback to other participants. Please do that before Thursday, if you can, so that we will be able to wrap up the results for the following monday!

Working language

The working language of the whole program is English, so please all texts you produce (emails, or on your blog) must be in English. Do not worry if you make errors or if you have doubts – just strive to make yourself understood. We will ask if something is not clear :-) )

Where you should publish your work

To participate in this training, you will need a blog. This is a very simple web site where you can write the required texts for this course (and also your thoughts!). Your blog will be public, so that other participants and the trainers will be able to see what you write.

If I need help?

If you need help, please write an email to the trainers of this program, answering to the first email you received.

Now … the first activity!

As a task for this week, please do the following:

  1. Open your personal blog: you can do this for free on the Internet, for example at http://wordpress.com/ (or www.blogger.com, but this is more limited). If you already have a blog, you can decide if you use that one, or if you prefer to make a new one: it’s up to you!
    For people who attend the program in groups: please open one blog per person – this first part of the training is on individual basis.
  2. In your blog, make sure that people can write comments to your posts. We will use this feature for our work. If you want, you can also customize the blog (changing colors, fonts, etc.). This is doable with the tools made available by WordPress.com.
  3. Then make your first post, which is titled “YourName YourSurname self presentation“. Introduce yourself and, if you can, upload a picture. How to present yourself? Take the trainers’ profiles in this blog as an example. In this presentation please do not present your business idea – this will come later, and not on the web, as ideas have a value which should be protected.
  4. Once the blog is ready, please send the trainers an email indicating the web address of your blog, for example http://entrepreneurship.seedlearn.org
  5. We will publish on this blog all addresses of participants’ blogs. Please take time to go and visit them. It is very important we know each other for sustaining effective team work.

In case it is useful, here is a short guide to blogging [Blog_guide]

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Welcome!

Welcome to this blog!

This is the central online learning resource for the Training Young Entrepreneurs for Success program. You can learn more about the program in the About page, using the menu above.

The online learning activities will start on 31 January 2011. If you are enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions by email before then – please add this blog to your favorites or to your RSS reader. If you are just interested, you are welcome to follow the blog! (nad if you are a young person from Macedonia who wish to enroll, please contact Analytica from their website).

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