Last week I read a great book by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha called “The Start Up of You.” As a business owner and entrepreneur I truly connected to the thoughts and ideas they bring forward. In a nutshell, “The Start Up of You” can help change your mindset. It starts with the question:
“How do you survive and thrive in this fiercely competitive economy?”
Then, they provide an answer.
“You need a whole new entrepreneurial mindset and skill set. “
Drawing on the best of Silicon Valley, “The Start-Up of You” helps you accelerate your career and take control of your future–no matter your profession. But, if you are a recent college graduate or if you are in school now, they also provide a different way of looking at career opportunities. I know for me, my path was different from the norm. This link to a slide presentation by Reid Hoffman is a must see if you have a kid in college, if you are a kid in college or if you just want to change your mindset.
At ISN, we have had great success with our summer intern program. Each year we bring on one or two college interns and give them the opportunity to learn our business. Most of them have been highly productive, all of them have brought something unique to our team. For the interns we bring on board their path and future has not been set. Each intern has taken the experience they got here into their careers and built on the foundation that was established. Some of them we have hired after college and some we have recommended to others in our industry.
If you want to hear more about our internship program, feel free to give me a call. In the meantime, pass on the info from Reid Hoffman…you could help some young person change their life.