Below is a guest post by a good friend of mine. Enjoy!
For all of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Justin Rodriguez. I am a Soldier in the PA National Guard with Mr. Pompliano or Pomp as I call him and a full time college student at Lock Haven University pursuing my Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management. I was asked to write a blog post, and when I asked what to write it on, he said anything.
I thought back to the hours of conversation Pomp and I have had about business models, price schemes, future business ideas, beating the system, the system itself, and of course friendship. Now for the two of us we live in different states, see each other once a month, and although it’s called “Drill” we are essentially being paid by the military to talk about what we can do to better ourselves, and succeed as young entrepreneurs with college degrees. Now comes up an interesting conversation, a College Degree and what it gets you. I am still looking forward to my anticipated graduation date in the Spring of 2013. So I have yet to find out, but I know where I have come from to this point. I have always wondered the term entrepreneur and what it meant. Obviously by definition it is “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” Well I cheated and stole the definition from Merriam- Webster, but that’s the nice way of putting it.
Realistically, what this means is you chose to play your cards against the house. You put your life’s stake in many cases on an idea, passion, or project that you hope will prove valuable to the masses. I continue to think of many new ideas, and in many cases they run through my brain just looking for a way to hit the table and run. Many people have what Pomp and I call the “Million Dollar Idea,” but just don’t know how to implement it. This is me telling you, I don’t either. But with such products as Legal Zoom and many colleges having Small Business Development offices to help, you can find a way. Most of us hope to be sitting on the Ace, something that can provide us with a financial safety net to retire on at a young age.
Don’t give up!! We are also in the same boat, we kick, pinch, slap, yell, and claw our way towards these ideas as well. Everyone always wants to know what should I invent? My answer to you is what could help people move on a daily basis, what aids can you think of in our life to continuously simplify our daily routines? What idea runs through your mind to improve our economy, to provide people with a governmental system to live comfortably within our means? For those of you that may read this, you just as well as any of us hold that power. The only question is; how bad do you want it?