Using an Entrepreneurial Mindset in your Career

Written by Scott Brown

People who come torepparttar United States from other countries see America asrepparttar 139115 Land of Opportunity. This isn't just a cliche -- if you talk to recent immigrants, they'll tell you this is how they really feel. This country wasn't founded by professional warriors, as were many other nations. It was founded by entrepreneurs. George Washington was a businessman who wanted fairer taxes and property rights. So this country has been structured fromrepparttar 139116 beginning to be friendly to business people. Our taxes are relatively low for a Western country, and our laws give peoplerepparttar 139117 freedom to set up any business they can think of here. While takingrepparttar 139118 risk of investing money and opening up a new business isn't for everyone, this country still has more opportunities to make a living doing a wider variety of things than any other place inrepparttar 139119 world.

It may be natural for immigrants to see America asrepparttar 139120 land of opportunity because they can compare it withrepparttar 139121 country they came from. But it's often harder for native-born Americans to seerepparttar 139122 abundance of opportunities here. As children, most Americans are able to go to school full-time and basically have all their essential needs taken care of at least until they are teenagers. In school, teachers tell children exactly what they need to do to get good grades. In college, students have a little more autonomy but in most places of higher education,repparttar 139123 students are essentially given a roadmap of how to get their degree - which classes they need to take, how many credits are needed, etc. So growing up with all this structure and direction, it is only natural that one's first instinct would not be to take initiative on their own inrepparttar 139124 workplace. Many people leave college for their first job and expectrepparttar 139125 employer to providerepparttar 139126 same structure and direction that they got from school growing up.

Career Advancement Portrayed in Reality TV Shows

Written by Scott Brown

Hollywood has really hit it big with reality TV shows - especially some ofrepparttar more recent reality shows that deal withrepparttar 139114 idea that winning a brief 2-month competition can launch your career intorepparttar 139115 stratosphere. In "The Apprentice," contestents are given a chance to earn a job with a hefty salary working directly forrepparttar 139116 billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump. A similar show, which is even more outrageous, is "The Rebel Billionaire" in which contesents compete forrepparttar 139117 chance to be hired as president ofrepparttar 139118 Virgin corporation - a multi billion dollar holding company which owns an airline, wireless phone service and other diversified interests. These shows appeal directly to an idea that all you have to be is lucky to make it big. They also make it appear that it's relatively easy to become successful inrepparttar 139119 business world.

Inrepparttar 139120 entertainment arena, reality shows like MTV's "Cribs" showrepparttar 139121 extravagent lifestyles of 20-something singers, rap stars and athletes who seemingly become overnight successes just from sheer luck. American culture seems to glorifyrepparttar 139122 idea that you can become super successful without having to work hard. While this is all highly entertaining,repparttar 139123 downside to it is it can give peoplerepparttar 139124 mistaken impression that if you're good looking, photogenic, knowrepparttar 139125 right people, or just lucky, you can be successful. It also leads to people subconsciously comparing themselves with these people on TV, which in most cases is not really a fair comparison. Your life is reality, whereas what's shown in reality TV shows is largely manufacturered and staged by Hollywood. Yes,repparttar 139126 people are real, butrepparttar 139127 situations are created by TV producers for dramatic effect.

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