We recently received the following email:
“Hello, Mr. Umstead. My name is Tarik Woods. I currently attend Wright State University, studying communications. I am reaching out because I am interested in interviewing you on my talk show [on campus]. I work in the New Media Incubator at Wright State where, this past semester, you spoke to Dr. Ashley Hall’s digital media and writing course students [on creativity at work]. I just finished reading your book, Business is ART, and can honestly say I am inspired.”
Thank you for the kind words, Tarik, but it is the Plan Canvas team that is inspired by students like you.
Focused on today with an eye on the future
School, be it high school, trade school, college, continuing adult education, etc., can be an over-whelming experience. Most students enter school specifically because they envision a future that is full of opportunity and the option to do something important, something that interests them, or both.
But for many, once in school, the tasks at hand, such as studying, getting good grades, and graduating, can become so overwhelming that it is easy to lose sight of the reason for being there in the first place – to create a better future.
But not Tarik.
He is focused on today with an eye on the future. He is putting in the work that he needs to for school, but finding ways to do it that will enable his future – such as the production of his podcast and his radio show, both of which are called “Words With Woods.”
Tarik plans to take the experience he is gaining now and apply it to his career or business post-graduation.
It starts with a vision and a plan
It all starts with a vision and a plan. Even if you feel buried in school work (or your job), it is important to make time to solidify your vision (career, life, business, etc) and begin developing plans for getting there, like Tarik is doing.
You don’t have to plan to be an entrepreneur, but these 6 Steps for Becoming a Successful Student Entrepreneur (from Entrepreneur magazine) provide a great guide for anyone with an eye on the future. They are:
- Evaluate your business skills, knowledge and goals.
- Find the business idea that suits you best.
- Research your competitors (and prepare to crush them).
- Make a stellar business plan.
- Seek out a helpful mentor.
- Register your business, open up shop and rock it.
There are just a couple of slight adjustments we would make to these 6 steps. First, if you are planning to go into business, register your business much earlier in the process. It should be one of the first things you do.
Second, don’t jump straight to a “stellar business plan”. Do this instead of Step 4:
- Document your vision, mission, and purpose.
- Assess today’s reality.
- Develop a long-term strategy for closing the gap between reality and your vision – this can be in the form of a Personal Development Plan, a Business Strategic Plan, or, preferably, both.
- When you are getting ready to get serious about launching your business, “make a stellar business plan” that is simple, measurable, and manageable.
Here is a free and easy place to start
It provides you free access to the Plan Canvas software for developing your very own Personal Development Plan, where you will develop and track long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals and objectives, as well as track the actions you take in order to achieve them.
Contact us if you need the services of a coach/consultant to help you along (a fee applies).
But whatever you do, focus on today with an eye on the future. Make the time. Turn the discipline into a habit.