When I tell people Praxis is an entrepreneurial education, it gets them excited. The get it. They get that college is a huge waste of time and money if your goal is to be a creative problem solver. They get that experience is the best teacher. But many still wonder if it’s right for them, because even though being an entrepreneur sounds awesome, they don’t have any particular vision they want to create or execute. That’s OK.
At Praxis we think entrepreneurship is a mentality. It’s about courage, and hard work. It’s about questioning current methods, processes, products and solutions. It’s about solving problems that most people aren’t even aware of. It’s about being alert to opportunity, and stepping out to try solutions. All of this can be done in service to any vision the entrepreneur really believes in; whether their own, or someone else’s.
If you have any shred of entrepreneurship in you; if you have any desire to think outside of the box of specialization, don’t give up just because you don’t have a particular venture in mind. Find one you believe in and help it succeed. You might find your best fit is as an entrepreneur within an existing firm. You might also find that after helping build someone else’s vision, your own comes into focus.
Think about Legos. When you were very young and didn’t know any better, you built whatever you wanted. When you got a little older, you had a sense for what real quality was, but maybe not the particular picture of what you wanted. What did you do? You looked at pictures of other people’s creations. You found a set that inspired you and loosely followed the instructions. In the process, you learned how blocks worked in different situations, and how to combine them for certain effects. In the process you were probably also inspired to make your own modifications, and eventually build your own project from scratch.
If you want to be an entrepreneur; if you truly want it, even knowing how challenging it can be, don’t give up because you lack an idea. Build the skills and traits you need to succeed as an entrepreneur. Be an entrepreneur in service to someone else’s great idea. Find a successful entrepreneur and work with them, learn from them, help them create.
That’s what Praxis is for. Build the skills you need. When the moment(s) of inspiration comes, you want to be as equipped as possible.