My Name is Nick James
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My name is Nick James. I own a small business in South Florida (specifically a print shop) that I have bootstrapped since 2012. I know I have a very long road ahead of me to get my business where I want it to be and in no way do I believe I know everything. But I do know that I have learned many things since "Day 1" that would be very beneficial to entrepreneurs just starting on their journey. You know, the old "learn from my mistakes" kinda thing... And that's one of the reasons I'm creating an online Entrepreneurship Course.
The other reasons are a little selfish. But let me explain. My whole life I've played baseball. Started in Little League went to High School, played at Florida Atlantic University and then professionally in the Washington Nationals organization. After retiring from pro ball I took a job as a high school baseball coach. I'd never coached before, but I figured "What the Hell?"
And what an experience it was. I'd always played baseball but I'd never actually taught it. It was a total change in perspective that made me wish that I had done some coaching while I was playing.
The main takeaways from my coaching gig were:
- changing your perspective is invaluable
- breaking down processes forces you to be efficient
- if you can teach something, you truly understand it
- leadership is an evolving aspect correlating to your organization
- coaching is the best way to grow yourself
So I got this idea. If I'm working on a business, wouldn't it benefit me to teach other entrepreneurs as I'm going through this journey? So I have selfishly created an online class about Entrepreneurship utilizing the day to day operations of my business to not only help myself do better BUT also to help new entrepreneurs avoid the same mistakes I made.
Now my grand vision is to turn this online course into an actual college course. In a perfect world, the BC print shop is on campus and works directly with the Business Program to set up students to work on the real world scenarios facing the print shop.
Think about the experience and wisdom gained simply by working in a small business that cannot be obtained through classroom work alone.
Obviously this is a ways down the road. First we need to showcase that our online classes are worthwhile and students are willing to take advantage of them. But I figure if we get a few dozen students from a university, the powers that be will have no choice but to approve some kind of BC education course.
Just a few dozen...
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