Are you ready? It's Q & A Tuesday time. (Laughter) That was a creepy southern guy. Q: We're going to roll with a question from Jennifer and Jennifer writes "Dear Marie, how would you teach entrepreneurial skills in a developing world? What could the curriculum look like? How would you tailor a curriculum to make it relevant to the local context or situation? I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in International Education and work for a UN Agency on international development issues."
Nice work, Jennifer! "I was a participant in Rich, Happy and Hot Live this past fall." If you don't know what Rich, Happy and Hot Live is, you better recognize. "I'm so inspired but I'm unsure how to bridge the gap between the two worlds. Grateful for any advice or insight. You rock! Jennifer."
A: No, you rock Jennifer! So here's what we're going to do, I want to get this concept embedded into your mind. Everything is "figure-out-able." Everything! So you have this desire, right to figure out a curriculum to teach entrepreneurialship in a developing world. So I put myself in your shoes and I said, "Well, if I was Jennifer what would I do?"
The first thing I thought about was getting a super high-end research assistant to figure all of this out for you and I went ahead and did that. So what I did is I went ahead and Googled how to teach entrepreneurial skills in the developing world or developing countries, and I typed this in. Guess what? I came up with 2.75 million hits! Actually, over 5 million when we Googled it again later!
Now the reason that I went to Google is because obviously in a video that's just about you know five or six minutes long. I can't really develop an entire entrepreneurialship curriculum for a developing world which I don't know exactly what that world is or what country it is. But what I discovered was there's tons of people working on this already. In fact, I found an amazing New York Times article that talks about this very work and also names several organizations that are already doing the work.
So why reinvent the wheel, Jennifer? I want you to go and partner with these organizations. The Internet is the best thing on the freaking planet! If you have something that you want to create which is this, all you need to do is Google that shit up! And then, use social media, use your skills to just reach out to those organizations. Make some contact and find out this, what is already working?
There's people doing the work in the field, find out the best practices and then find out what's not working. Figure out what's frustrating them, where's this whole thing falling apart. That's where you can use your entrepreneurial skills and your creativity to really develop a curriculum that's going to kick some major ass. And also here's what I would do, I would take it to this next step.
So if you start reaching out to organizations and developing relationships, the way that you bring it down to a local context is simple. If you happen to partner with an organization that's already working in for example, Bolivia. Well, you're going to develop a curriculum for them. If you start reaching out and you happen to make some really good inroads with people that are doing work in Sub-Saharan Africa. Well, you're going to develop a curriculum for those folks.
Then once you get it right, everything will take care of itself. You know, one of the things I always say to myself is clarity comes through engagement, not through thought. So through doing the work with these organizations, you guys will see the next step and you'll see exactly how to develop those curriculums; and, just kick some major butt.
Cool! Cool. So check out below this video because there will be a hot link to that New York Times article and anything else that I found to help get you started. So if you've liked this video, like it, like it, like it, like it, like it!! Leave a comment. Tell me anything you want me to know. Thank you so much for watching! Oh, oh yes and if you're not subscribed yet to the Marie Forleo newsletter, you need to come on over to marieforleo.com and jump on it. Once again, thanks so much for watching and I'll catch you next time!