Entrepreneurial Acumen by Gary T. Hartfield

Entrepreneurial Acumen by Gary T. Hartfield

I acknowledge that instructors have a purpose. They ought to demonstrate the proper methodologies that prepare us to think, not tell us what to think. It is far more beneficial to students to engage in active learning rather than forcing them to learn a particular subject in a particular way. Instructors should give their students devices that will encourage them to engage understudies with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. Active learning not only allows the student to be educated, but also facilitates a self-awareness that fosters lifelong learning.

Entrepreneurial acumen refers to an intangible, intuitive sense of how business and your company operate. It includes a big-picture awareness of all facets of business operations and keys to profitability. This includes the broad involvement in managing business matters that yield a viable and suitable resolution to issues. In most cases, a leader who has entrepreneurial acumen will accomplish greater outcomes. One of the best attributes of entrepreneurial acumen is a business insight that originates from the blend of experience and mental sharpness. This attribute allows the leader to process and react consciously to business circumstances as they emerge.

As I look back over my life, I have years of formal education, professional work experiences, and entrepreneurial experience. It has occurred to me that all of those experiences have contributed to my entrepreneurial acumen. I have faced numerous challenges that forced me to learn certain things for myself and about myself. My life’s victories and challenges forced me to constantly look introspectively, and that helped me to become more successful in life and in business.

Now I take the time to look at myself introspectively each day. I believe this practice of introspection has made me a better father, educator, sibling, professional, mate, and leader. It is vital to be mindful of your actions. Mindfulness is the act of maintaining an unmistakable view of your identity, qualities, shortcomings, reasons for alarm, convictions, and feelings.

As Carter G. Woodson stated, “all that is most worthy in a man he must work out and conquer for himself…What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.”