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Inspiring young entrepreneurs at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Last week I spoke at TJHSS&T's Future Business Leaders of America club -- about 100 students who are not only science and tech geniuses at the #1 high school in the US, but also very interested in business and entrepreneurism.  Thanks to Mayank Jain for the invite to speak -- I graduated from TJ in '94 and my brother Sam graduated in '03, so it was nice to be back, especially since we both live on the West Coast now.

I captured the content from my talk, titled How To Get What You Want, but the Kodak zi8 camera I use and love melted down during the event, so the audio gets very choppy very quickly and the video plays at 2x speed (sigh).  Here are the slides, though, and you can still watch the video to get a feel for what the event was like.  (You can also watch a previous talk I had at TJ where the video did work.)

Here's the video:

Do high school students make better entrepreneurs than MBAs?

I recently wrote a post about how the US really needs college students to be entrepreneurial.

I should've addressed it to high school students instead.

I've challenged Georgetown MBAs and others of college age (and older) to get out of the classroom and do something entrepreneurial.  I've shared an easy litmus test method for people to get a handle on whether or not they have what it takes to be entrepreneurial.  And yet it was this talk at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology ("TJ" for short) that's gotten the greatest response.

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