Empowering the Entrepreneurial Mindset: Building Creative Confidence

Over the last decade, I've been on a whimsical and intentional adventure to discover, embrace, and integrate the entrepreneurial mindset into the learning journey for all learners. When we think of creating a vibrant and equitable future world, we need bold risk-takers, creative movers and shakers, and resilient difference makers. Sharing a few reflections and a resource or two.

What is the entrepreneurial mindset? The entrepreneurial mindset is the combination of personal and social skills wrapped that enable and equip students to discover opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and thrive in diverse settings and as global citizens of an ever-evolving world.

An entrepreneurial mindset can enhance a student's learning journey by: 

  • fostering perseverance and tenacity
  • cultivating creativity and original thinking
  • practicing collaboration and communication

So...what do students need to unleash their entrepreneurial mindset? Opportunities to build their Creative Confidence. Having taught K-12, I've noticed that the littlest learners ooze and share creative confidence out loud. High schoolers, not so much. They definitely have the creativity, but it seems to have gotten lost or silenced or shushed in the cacophony of tests, essays, and activities. Creative confidence is like a muscle. It is must be worked and massaged every day, not just for a project or learning experience, but a daily practice to strengthen, tone, and build.

Consider starting with Daily Creative Practice such as ideation, flexible thinking, elaboration, improvement, divergent thinking play, and more. Every day open the minds and hearts of students to mix and match, flip and turn, doodle and draw. Creativity is in the fabric of humanity. It needs attention. 







Explore opportunities for students to engage their unique Creative Process. This may mean creativity for the sake of creativity, not because a public product is needed. Take photos, make videos, create art, make "stuff."



Offer learning opportunities for students to produce Creative Products. Build a website to share with the world, build a prototype to solve a community problem, work collaboratively to raise awareness on important topics. 



6 replies

May 08, 2023

Susan, your wonderful prompts are enhanced by your creative designs! Love this! So true that creative practices are food for the soul (and mind!)

May 10, 2023

I have been trying to get my students to be more creative all year. This is great info and the designs with prompts are really good. It seems most middle school students are only as creative as the person sitting next to them. Thanks for the helpful tips and ideas.

May 11, 2023

Love, love, love these beautiful templates and prompts to cultivate creative thinking, Susan! I've noticed that many of my college-age learners quickly equate creativity with artistic ability and limit themselves. I love how these prompts encourage creativity as thinking in new ways. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

May 11, 2023

Thank you, Susan for sharing both the definition of an entrepreneurial mindset and for the variety of colorful and engaging resources. My hope is to iterate some of these models for some of my current Earth Day and Global Citizenship Week lessons. Thank you again!

May 14, 2023

I am always impressed with the new creativity prompts that you design each month! Thanks for always sharing your wonderful work!

May 15, 2023

Thanks for sharing Susan. Very creatively designed students will really enjoy working on this.

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