I had a really fun morning today. I was invited to the Muharraq Secondary Girls School to talk about entrepreneurship and my business experience. The girls I spoke to were enrolled in InJaz’s “company” programme. Basically, they are part of a pretend company. They even have departments (production, marketing, PR, finance and HR). The programme runs for two semesters and during this time they have to come up with a product to sell, produce/source it, and sell it. They even have to sell shares in their company! So far they raised BD 200 (USD 530) of the BD 300 (USD 795) needed.
I loved the idea, and I wish we had something like this when I was in high school. I loved the enthusiasm I saw in some of these girls. There were two or three that kept asking question after question. I answered as best I could. I had a lot of fun and I think they left feeling very inspired (I’m good at doing that 🙂 )
There is a point I emphasised with the girls which I think is worth repeating. For an entrepreneur to be successful, he or she needs to have a lot of self-belief, because for very few people will support their entrepreneurial endeavors, especially their parents.
Most parents want their kids to get proper, safe jobs, and build careers. Most (but not all) parents don’t understand entrepreneurialism and don’t like their kids to get into it. The same was true for my parents (but to give credit where credit is due, though he was not happy with the idea, my father God rest his soul provided the financing I needed to start). So one of the messages I left the girls with was that they should go ahead, despite of the resistance they might get from their parents.
I also gave them some tips on company structure, and internal communication. I also invited the girls to come visit us at Zen-Do and the DreamBody Centre to see the inner workings of our company. They were very excited about the idea, so inshallah we’ll arrange that soon.
I want to commend and thank InJaz for conducting this amazing programme, and congratulate Shaikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa for coming with this amazing concept. I think InJaz will change the lives of many young people here in Bahrain and abroad. Well done!
Talk to you soon.