School of Young Entrepreneurs (SYE)
School of Young Entrepreneurs (SYE)
The world we live in is becoming increasingly complex. It is not so easy to navigate using the guidance systems and milestones developed in the last century. At SYE young people learn how to cultivate entrepreneurial sensibilities and skills at an early age and map out a career path.
The world we live in is becoming increasingly complex. It is not so easy to navigate using the guidance systems and milestones developed in the last century.
In this age of networks, winners and losers are no longer determined by the certificates you hold, but your ability to make powerful assessments about what matters and what should be ignored, and dynamically shift and correct your course as you face difficulties.
There are more choices available to young people for careers, work, and money than ever before. But to create a satisfying life—a life of service and power, one must possess the ability to sense opportunity and the ability to take action to realize it. We call these kinds of abilities, entrepreneurial skills, and sensibilities. The kind of entrepreneurs we are talking about is not the ones who simply chase money for the sake of money, but of someone who sees entrepreneurship as a domain of bringing important new changes in the we take care of some particular concern.
With proper mentoring, these entrepreneurial skills and sensibilities could be cultivated, and more easily at a younger age. Unfortunately, traditional career counselors and school teachers are still working from old manuals.
Consequently, guidance from these traditional counselors fails to satisfy the difficult questions young people have today about how they can express themselves in their career choices and realize their full potential. Many find themselves helpless and have nowhere to turn to seek proper guidance.
I personally and repeatedly saw these failures in the lives of many young people that I came across and experienced their frustrations and dissatisfaction grow with schools and commonly available guidance systems. Addictions to entertainment, social media, and drugs, and rising depression levels are consequences of these breakdowns.
This moved me to study carefully and learn how to help others with their careers. To succeed in the time that is fast approaching, and to build a satisfying career, young people must learn to think dynamically, and not with stuck and old formulas.
The old model of schooling and colleges is not working, and young people are beginning to realize this. This does not mean you should abandon school, but rather learn to use the resources and institutions in such a way so they become a source of power and not a burden.
Millennials are sharper, more aware, and more knowledgeable than any generation before. Many are sick and tired of “command and control” type instructional and career-building mechanisms invented for the 20th century.
Young people today want to have a deeper connection with their career and future jobs. Some even want to start their own business during or after high school and choose entrepreneurship as a way of life. Young people today want to have careers where they earn well while taking care of others and making a strong positive contribution to society. But the schools are not preparing them for this new way of being.
Dr. Fernando Flores, Dr. James McManis, and Chauncey Bell, helped me learn these skills. Using these skills I have helped countless young people identify career maps and take action towards creating powerful lives. I help young people become responsible and active designers of their own careers and lives. Over the time I met other people who share my concerns. Early successes and the urgency of the matter further has motivated us to establish the School of Young Entrepreneurs (SYE).
At SYE, we teach young people how to think entrepreneurially, deal with difficult life circumstances, and make powerful choices about their futures and career. Here, you are encouraged to bring forward your most difficult questions about career and life. In conversations with me, you will observe the world from a new perspective and learn how to think and assess various career paths and choices and create a dynamic map for the next 5-10 years of your life.
The curriculum includes reading, writing, listening, observational, and conversational exercises, and is customized for each young person. We will meet as a group for 1.5 hours every day of the week. You will also have the opportunity to speak with me on a 1:1 basis after each session.
The availability is limited so register asap if you want to take the program to learn how to think and move dynamically like an entrepreneur about your career and life. The skills you will learn here will be with you for the rest of your life. We will start with an interesting book “Javi’s Manual” by Maria Lettlier Flores, where young people find themselves in challenging situations and learn to deal with them.
I look forward to seeing you in the program.
About The Mentor
Born in Pakistan, Saqib Rasool, self-taught computer technology and started his first business at the age of 18, which partially financed his travel expenses to the United States. He arrived in the US with no prior ability to speak English and just enough money to survive for the first few months. He traveled from state to state, faced and dealt with difficulties, and found opportunities.
Earlier in his career, Saqib worked for Microsoft in key technical and management roles. He later went on to found the Metafos Inc., aimed at revolutionizing the online payment systems. He founded Conceivian, a startup accelerator, widely recognized for helping develop over a dozen tech startups in Seattle and Silicon Valley. He also co-founded Harvester Academy with Chauncey Bell to help consultants and coaches build successful careers.
Saqib holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Minnesota State University, and has completed an advanced program in innovation and entrepreneurship, Dwelling, with Pluralistic Networks in Berkley, California. He is a voracious reader and an avid tinkerer and is personally and professionally committed to designing, building, and helping run businesses where he sees a convergence of social and economic interests.
In the process of living an entrepreneurial life Saqib enjoyed many successes, suffered failures, and studied eastern and western philosophies to make sense of it all.
Saqib is deeply passionate about helping the younger generations build powerful careers and cultivate skills for navigating effectively in the 21st century.