The Summer Student You Wish You Were VS The One You Are

At the end of the semester you day dream about summer and all the things you swear you are going to do once you have more time. You start dreaming of three blissful months filled with adventure, memories, and a beach bod. Well folks, were are one month in… how you holding up? Here are some expectations VS reality: Summer Edition!

Dieting

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Socializing

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Vacation

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Sleeping

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Learning

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Maybe your summer is a lot like this. Maybe it’s not. But it’s not too late to turn it around!

Startup Nightmares

We asked 17 students what their biggest startup fears were.

1. Failing miserably.

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2. Someone copying your idea, and doing it better than you.


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3. Manufacturing…. Anything.


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4. FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS.


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5. Realizing your financial projections are utter bull-shit.


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6. The University claiming they own your idea.


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7. Being so engulf/dedicated that I lose touch with loved ones.


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8. Leaving my old job to pursue [my startup] full-time.


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9. Stuck with a bad partner or having to fire someone you care about.


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10. Getting into a bad deal.


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11. I don’t know how to do x, y, or z about a business (website building, marketing, pitching).


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12. Moving forward without having a solid plan.


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13. No safety net (monetary).


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14. Not being happy in the end, after investing and pursuing.


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15. Not being good enough/having what it takes.


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16. Being rejected/having idea rejected by a lot of people at once.


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17. Never actually giving my idea (or myself) a real chance.


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Wondering, “what if?” Don’t let fear of launching your idea hold you back. Find support in our FREE student startup community here.

An open letter to my mentor

Dear Mentor,

Thanks for saving my ass. For the late night phone calls. For the tough love, pep talks, and guidance. Although I’m naive, inexperienced, and stumble along to accomplish things you can do walking backwards with your eyes closed in high heels, you saw my potential. You taught me I can’t change the world alone. I know I can ask you for help with anything (like editing this letter before I post it online) and you won’t judge me.

I want you to know the hours on the phone, afternoon meet-ups for coffee, and the occasional wine night have brought tremendous value into my life. Your guidance goes beyond career advice. You’ve helped me navigate through the chaos of being in my twenties. I don’t know where I would be without you, but I sure as hell know I wouldn’t be running my own company.

Because of you, I’m fearless. You have given me the ability to spread my wings and unleash my soul knowing that when I crash (not if, but when)you will be there to help me get back up. Your words of wisdom help me navigate through the never-ending chaos of starting a company. I’m convinced you have the powers of a master jedi. While you’re mentoring me through the crisis of sending out the wrong email on MailChimp, you’re managing your boss lady career at the same time.

I can’t help but compare myself to all that you have been able to do. I’ve learned more by watching you than I did my entire undergrad. While you stress the value of my 4.0, you and I both know the secret to success lies in mastering uncharted territory, territory you are willing to let me explore with you. Why? Because you see parts of yourself in me. And that is the biggest compliment of all time.

Thanks for everything that you do. Together, we will change the world.

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What type of Entrepreneur are you? – Quiz time!

 

What type of Entrepreneur are you?

Take this fun quiz to discover what type of entrepreneur you are and how to leverage your skills!

Go Getter

You’re extremely motivated, confident, and optimistic. To you, the world is a place full of unlimited opportunities. You enjoy taking leaps of faith and frequently use your intuition to make decisions without hesitation. In the entrepreneurial world, you are an opportunist with a fearless attitude that drives progress.
Start capitalizing on your skills and pursue your entrepreneurial dream with SPURstartup!

Architect

You know that there is always a means to an end and strategy and planning is the best way to get there. You recognize the constraints on a situation and embrace them to find the best plan of action. You eliminate risk by planning ahead for your opponents move so that you can be in control of the situation. As an entrepreneur, you have the unique ability to navigate your plan of action ahead of time to make sure you stay on target and work efficiently.
Start capitalizing on your skills and pursue your entrepreneurial dream with SPURstartup!

Hero

You like to find solutions to problems that revolve around people. You’re kind hearted, cause-focused, and willing to take a risk. “Giving up” is not a word in your vocabulary, you’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. As an entrepreneur, you have the ability to be a social entrepreneur, using your talents to find solutions that can change the world.
Start capitalizing on your skills and pursue your entrepreneurial dream with SPURstartup!

Fixer Upper

You’re a jack of all trades, frequently using your wide variety of skills in a strategic way to solve problems. You thrive in collaborative working environments that allow you to serve multiple roles. When trying to solve a problem, you’re not easily discouraged because you know that perseverance will always lead you to a solution. In the entrepreneurial world, you often assume leadership roles because you have the ability to help with a variety of tasks to give strategic direction in all areas of a project.
Start capitalizing on your skills and pursue your entrepreneurial dream with SPURstartup!

Light-Bulb Guy

You’re a true innovator and always coming up with new ideas. You thrive in creative environments and have the ability to see opportunities from multiple perspectives. When it comes to risk, you have little hesitation and enjoy taking chances. In the entrepreneurial world, you constantly push the status quo with your fresh perspective and endless supply of new ways to solve a problem.
Start capitalizing on your skills and pursue your entrepreneurial dream with SPURstartup!
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