Entrepreneurial Mindset

Tools for Life

How we view ourselves and the world around us impacts our ability to dream and achieve. In today’s innovation economy—with needs and opportunities evolving faster and more fluidly than ever before—our youth need a mindset that equips them to recognize opportunity, take initiative, and innovate in the face of challenges. NFTE has developed the framework for this quintessentially entrepreneurial mindset, drawing on our depth of experience teaching entrepreneurship to young people.

  • Initiative & Self-Reliance

    The power to take ownership of a project without input or guidance and work through obstacles independently.

  • Flexibility & Adaptability

    The ability and willingness to change actions and plans to overcome present and future challenges.

  • Communication & Collaboration

    The ability to clearly express ideas to an intended audience, including persuading others to work towards a common goal.

  • Creativity & Innovation

    The ability to think of ideas and create solutions to problems without clearly defined structures.

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

    The capacity to apply higher-level, process-oriented thinking, consider an issue from a range of possible perspectives, and use that reasoning to make decisions.

  • Future Orientation

    An optimistic disposition with a focus on obtaining the skills and knowledge required to transition into a career.

  • Opportunity Recognition

    The practice of seeing and experiencing problems as opportunities to create solutions.

  • Comfort with Risk

    The capacity to move forward with a decision despite inevitable uncertainty and challenges.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Resources

  • Measuring the Mindset
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Teacher Training
  • Research: The Need for Mindset Learning

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