Entrepreneurship with Miracle Olatunji
She is a 17-year-old entrepreneur, senior in high school, writer and public speaker. As her name implies, the story of her life is nothing short of a miracle; She was not expected to live to be this age due to prenatal complications. For this reason empowering, enlightening, and educating others through social entrepreneurship. Her current ventures are: The MIRACLE (MI-Making impacts, RA-Raising awareness, CLE-Creating learning experiences) Organization/Initiative, a social venture & enterprise organization and OpportuniME.
On November 10th 2017 Miracle hosted a live q&a on Goodwall talking about Entrepreneurship. The session was joined by 117 students from around the world.
"My advice for starting something new is to go in with an open mind and be prepared to learn a lot of new things! Also, collaborate with others!"
Starting something new can be scary (risky, possibility for failure), but instead of letting that scare me I knew that this would be an incredible learning experience regardless of the outcome.
I balance my time using my planner and Google Calendar. Both are very useful for keeping all tasks, meetings, events, etc. organized
My first project was my anti-bullying blog and campaign which I started in middle school. My parents are very supportive of me and I have wonderful mentors who provide me with helpful advice. All the best with your projects!
My interest and passion for entrepreneurship was sparked after I participated in the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs. It’s a wonderful opportunity that I encourage every young person to participate in. Check it out: http://diamondchallenge.org/
My advice for improving English is by reading lots of different books. This really not only helps with learning to language, but also builds your vocabulary.
One piece of advice someone gave me about public speaking is to think of your theme song- that is, a song that gets you realy pumped and excited. Every time you’re about to go on stage or give a speech, play this in your head. Also, positive affirmations and breathing techniques help with calming your nerves.
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That’s awesome! Because we live in such a digital age, you can easily find resources and people who can help you on your entrepreneurship journey. I recommend the Diamond Challenge and MIT Launch X course to start learning more about entrepreneurship; however, the best way to learn is by experience/ doing. Don’t be afraid to start and ask questions!
I actually attended a conference last week about startup financing and learned that it can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! A lot of people use bootstrapping and crowdfunding. Check this out: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/254217
When starting a business, it’s important to start developing a growth mindset. That way, you will embrace the challenges and be willing to learn from your mistakes and struggles. Check this out: https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/
That’s wonderful! As an entrepreneur, you are constantly learning new skills and lessons and gaining new experiences. It is often said that entrepreneurship is an effective means of prototyping multiple career options while building foundational skills and mindset that are necessary regardless of the career path chosen. I encourage you all to check out the Diamond Challenge! It’s a wonderful opportunity.
I totally understand you! It can be challenging managing school and your business. That’s why time management is key. Find a method of managing your time that works for you. Check this out: https://www.apsi.edu.au/7-time-management-tips-students/
The Diamond Challenge is a global entrepreneurship competition for high school students. Last year, a team from Jamaica placed in the top 3!
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Figuring out a time management technique that works for you will help a lot with balancing school and your ventures (be it a blog, startup, campaign, etc.)
Focus on solving problems!