Not so different after all

We have been repeatedly bombarded with the glorified message that entrepreneurship is a selective club of people working on ultrasecret projects, and that the people doing these are big risk takers. Through my experience with Play Physio and previous entrepreneurial projects, I’ve realized that the work that you do isn’t all that different from any…

Growing Pains

Someone once told me that in order to grow you need to be intellectually uncomfortable by exploring different subjects and points of view out of your comfort zone. Comfort is something everyone craves. We tend to remain set in our ways and avoid change, but it’s through discomfort that we learn and grow. During the…

No idea? No problem.

Time and time again we are faced with the task of coming up with the next best thing. All around the world, we read headlines stating that these new products or services are life changing. When entering the world of entrepreneurship, however, I was faced with the fear that I would never be able to…

Stay Passionate

What are you majoring in? What do you want to do after college? Do these questions sound familiar? It’s like they have become the very first questions we ask one another in college at our first encounter. These questions, although important, are only surface-layer questions. They do not give us an opportunity to open up…

I Dream Big; What About You?

Time and time again, I am confronted with people who doubt my dreams, automatically deeming them unrealistic or impossible. But what’s the baseline for “unrealistic”? And how can anyone say anything is impossible when the impossible is currently being made possible every day? Those people who question your dreams don’t know what they are talking…

Paralysis of Perfection

I often hear Penn State students talking about the pressure to achieve perfection in all they do. On the surface, that sounds like such a noble pursuit. But, in fact, such thinking often stifles the creativity and innovation so necessary for individuals and a society to grow and achieve progress. The lock-step track to education,…

Five Tips on Being a Successful Entrepreneur in College

1. Entrepreneurship takes A LOT of time and effort. Make sure you have your regular life (homework, classes, clubs, etc.) handled before you decide to take on your own business. 2. Use your resources. There are many people at Penn State, especially now, who want to help you in many different ways. Personally, I’ve used the…

Risky by design: How I applied entrepreneurial thinking to my not-so-entrepreneurial design business

My name is Nathaniel Peters. I am an independent designer with five years of experience in the field. Freelance and independent designers are a weird hybrid of consultants, makers, and merchants. They alone offer advice on what to purchase, create the product, and ultimately sell it. Conversely, entrepreneurship is about creating a sustained system of…