The Choice Is Yours: How Do We Respond to Adversity?

February 10, 2021

  The ability to choose the way we respond to our individual circumstances is perhaps the single most powerful ability we have as human beings. Yet it is often misunderstood and under-appreciated. Some may see this topic as diminishing the difficult circumstances many people face. The goal of this post is to unpack the ability to empower ourselves by tapping into this powerful human ability, to respond rather than react. It is also a fundamental…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Gary’s Top Ten Resources for Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 11, 2020

  My interest in entrepreneurship comes from a behavioral perspective. I see the entrepreneurial mindset as a way of thinking that optimizes engagement in ways that extend beyond those who endeavor to start and grow new businesses. My goal is to understand the controllable cognitive, motivational, and situational factors that give rise to the development of entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviors, and skills. I believe that if we can understand these underlying causes, we can create more…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurship Training, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Redefining Entrepreneurship

The Hidden Science Behind Persistence

April 7, 2020

  Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash Learn How to Think (and Act) Like an Entrepreneur Part 8/8   Throughout this eight-part series, I have attempted to describe core concepts distilled from my observations and analysis of “unlikely” entrepreneurs. My intention was to tease out the common and replicable factors that anyone could embrace. Among those observations was what appeared to be an almost Herculean ability to persist through a mind-boggling array of challenges, setbacks, and…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurship Training, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Entrepreneurial Mindset Has Changed My Life

March 6, 2020

  Nancy Kishpaugh is the Senior Services Manager at Independence Public Library. After completing a class featuring the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program at Fab Lab ICC, Kishpaugh shared with her instructor, Jim Correll, the life-effect of her change in mindset. Read Now

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Learning & Development

Fortune Favors the Reliable

November 7, 2019

Photo by Nico Bhlr on Unsplash   Learn How to Think (and Act) Like an Entrepreneur Part 6/8 Many famous entrepreneurs appear to strike gold in their endeavors. Even if we hear the origin story of their success—they often took years filled with difficulty and multiple failures to get where they are—something is missing from the retelling. At a glance, this success looks like luck, a chance encounter with the right person or stumbling upon a…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Creating Wealth: An Altruistic Paradox

August 8, 2019

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash   Learn How to Think (and Act) Like an Entrepreneur Part 5/8 We’ve all heard it said that “it takes money to make money.” And yet among the most intriguing attributes of the underdog entrepreneur is their ability to start where they are and use whatever they have in order to succeed.  At the same time, access to capital is often cited as the biggest hurdle for aspiring entrepreneurs.…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Gary Schoeniger’s Commencement Address, Pierpont Community & Technical College, 2019

May 31, 2019

  How Underdogs Win How do underdogs win? This is a question I’ve been pursuing for more than 25 years. How do those who have no particular advantage in life—those who may not be particularly brilliant or creative, those who may not come from privileged backgrounds, those who may not have advanced degrees—manage to rise above their circumstances to create meaningful and prosperous lives? My thought was that if I could somehow understand what makes…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Student Engagement, Student Success

Cultivating Curiosity: The New Learning Imperative

May 30, 2019

Photo by Stephen Hickman on Unsplash Learn How to Think (and Act) Like an Entrepreneur Part 4/8 Among the most distinguishing characteristics I’ve noticed among entrepreneurs, is an unusual desire to learn. It’s not that they are great students in the traditional sense, (in fact, in many cases, it’s quite the opposite) yet they always seem to be engaged in learning, usually through non-formal and informal means. For example, they learn through observation and inquiry,…

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Workforce, Entrepreneurship Education, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Student Engagement, Student Success, Workforce Development

Risk Versus Reward: The Hidden Strategy of Unlikely Entrepreneurs

March 5, 2019

Photo by Jonathan Francis on Unsplash Learn How to Think (and Act) Like an Entrepreneur Part 3/8 I’ve spent the past two decades exploring the mindset and the methods of every day “unlikely” entrepreneurs—the underdogs and the misfits who somehow manage to transform a simple idea into a sustainable success. My initial thought was that if I could somehow deconstruct the mindset and the methods of these unlikely entrepreneurs, it could be useful – not only to aspiring…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Flourishing, Human Potential