We could not have picked a better time to take entrepreneurship and minipreneurship into the classroom. Our world is replete with big dreamers who have the courage to make their dreams come true. Whether it’s Thomas Edison of old or Oprah Winfrey of today, role models abound. What child wouldn’t want to be Mark Zuckerburg sitting at the helm of a Facebook empire? That’s why at Next Gen we include in each of our programs not only stories of minipreneurs, but also stories of titans of industry.
In researching subjects for Next Gen’s biography series for elementary school children, early on we came across Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Their story is replete with empirical evidence that the 5 I’s work stunningly well. Inspiration, Ideation, Interaction, Innovation and Initiative abound. Their story was perfect!
Meeting when Jobs was thirteen and Wozniak was eighteen, the boys envisioned a world where every desk would be home to a personal computer. In their dreams, the days of the huge computers filling rooms and only being used by big industry were numbered.
Inspired by Wozniak’s tinkering, which resulted in a model PC that failed at its first public attempt to complete a modest task, the two Steves, in a relatively short time, developed, through interaction and collaboration, a working personal computer. The rest is “theirstory”. They, not only changed our lives, but also changed the world.
If you happen to be searching for role models, then look for the two Steves. Their story is inspiring.