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John D. Rockefeller - Would he ever have been an oil magnate without childhood entrepreneurial lessons? See-> the Stanford and Tufts YES Project, Young Entrepreneurs Study

"Industrious even as a boy, the future oil magnate earned money by raising turkeys, selling candy and doing jobs for neighbors." Building on Simon Blampied's post, could childhood entrepreneurship experiences be a driving factor in career trajectory?

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Check out this YES Project report which asserts: "effective entrepreneurial skills may be one instance of vocational competence."


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Great post. Entrepreneurial skills are indeed acquired early. Should something like entrepreneurship be part of High School curriculum? Nigeria introduced it in universities ( A study on how effective it is Nigeria would provide some great perspective.

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Thanks, Pankaj!

I think entrepreneurship definitely should be compulsory in high school. The NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) showed that high school dropout rate for NFTE alumni between the ages of 16 and 19 was 1 percent, compared with a U.S. national average of 3.4 percent. Adding basic entrepreneurship instruction is low-hanging fruit for schools struggling to keep kids engaged amid various community problems as well as the typical adolescent growing pains.

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