Tina Seelig, Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, believes that every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution. The way you view any problem depends on your attitude.
Tina Seelig, Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, walks us through a life-changing hands-on classroom activity where students are taught to identify opportunities in nooks and crannies. With five dollars in seed funding and two hours of execution, she reports on the success of the exercise, and that many students reaped over one hundred times the initial investment (and others built a business without using any funding at all). Look for problems around you, says Seelig, and convert them into opportunities that create value. Embrace the opportunity to challenge assumptions and identify true cultural, social, or technological need.
"The harder I work, the luckier I get", says Seelig. Get out there and put yourself in a position to make yourself lucky, she adds.
Seelig says that it is best to find the intersection between your passion, your skills, and the market. Passion is necessary, but passion alone is not sufficient to pursue a career, she adds.
According to Seelig, if you are not failing sometimes, then you are not taking enough risks. Silicon Valley supports a culture of risk taking and embraces failure. She encourages everyone to take risks and not to get daunted by the fear of failure.
Seelig often makes her students write failure resumes as a way to recognize the mistakes that they have made as well as the lessons they have learned from those mistakes.
Seelig advices that just as entrepreneurs empower themselves, you too should not wait for someone to tell you that you are empowered to take on a new responsibility. Just do it, she adds.
Seelig believes that it is important to build relationships and network with the people you meet everyday. It is a small world and as you go through life you are going to meet the same people again and again, she adds.
Seelig talks about the importance of figuring out and balancing priorities. She believes it is necessary to reassess your priorities frequently, selecting a few things to focus on.
Seelig believes that while working in a team it is important to make everyone else on your team successful.
According to Seelig, never miss an opportunity to be fabulous! She encourages everyone to embrace this idea and to help make the world a better place.