“PERMA™ Theory of Well-Being”

May 30, 2024

Originally posted in our May 2024 Top of Mind Newsletter. For those familiar with ELI’s work, you have probably heard of Martin Seligman. Part of why we love his work is that his PERMA theory—Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment—provides a powerful framework for entrepreneurial mindset education to reach new depths of impact. By integrating these elements, educators can cultivate resilience, motivation, and a sense of purpose in their learners. This holistic approach not only…

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“Lost Einsteins: The US may have missed out on millions of inventors”

Originally posted in our May 2024 Top of Mind Newsletter. The article “Lost Einsteins” from MIT’s Sloan School reveals that the U.S. may have missed out on millions of potential inventors due to unequal access to resources and opportunities. By fostering a more inclusive environment and nurturing diverse talent, we can unlock untapped innovation while also enabling self-empowerment for those communities that have previously been ignored in the space of entrepreneurship and innovation. This insight aligns…

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NextGen Entrepreneurial Girl Scout Case Study

May 9, 2024

Impacts of NC IDEA’s NextGen Entrepreneur Workshops Ripple Far Beyond Girl Scout Cookie Sales   Location: Central and Eastern North Carolina  Number of one-day workshops: 4 Number of Girl Scouts served: 74 Grade level of participants: 4th to 11th  Number of adults engaged: 36 Year-to-year increase in cookie sales: 8.4% Total 2024 cookie sales: 35,656 boxes OVERVIEW: NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, has a…

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“It’s cool to be kind: The value of empathy at work”

April 25, 2024

Originally posted in our April 2024 Top of Mind Newsletter. In this podcast conversation, research psychologist Jamil Zaki and McKinsey talent leaders Bryan Hancock and Brooke Weddle discuss the importance of fostering empathic behavior within organizations. They explore how cultivating empathy can lead to increased productivity, a stronger workplace culture, and better overall organizational health. For entrepreneurial thinkers, embracing empathy is crucial, as it enables a deeper understanding of customer needs and preferences. By leveraging empathy,…

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“Relentlessly Resourceful”

Originally posted in our April 2024 Top of Mind Newsletter. In his essay “Relentlessly Resourceful,” Paul Graham defines a successful startup founder as someone who embodies the quality of being relentlessly resourceful. Graham contrasts this with the notion of being hapless, emphasizing that in dynamic and complex domains, success hinges on more than just perseverance. For followers of ELI’s work, this underscores the critical importance of resourcefulness in entrepreneurial thinking. Resourcefulness is not only fundamental to…

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