Entrepreneurial Thinking, With Tom Kruczek – RFL003

Entrepreneurial Thinking: Episode Overview

Tom Kruczek, President of Notre Dame College and lifelong entrepreneur, shares with Jay Forte, how critical it is for today’s young adult’s success to develop their entrepreneurial thinking – to learn how to be more self and world aware to be able to find or create opportunities to add value and make a difference in their world. Entrepreneurial thinking isn’t about starting a business – it is about changing how to look at ourselves and our world. This gives us information to be able to make better life and career decisions.


Entrepreneurial Thinking, With Tom KruczekTom Kruczek shares his insights as a new college president, recently installed at Notre Dame College in Euclid (Cleveland), OH. He is tuned in to watching and listening to students – what they need, think, care about, want and are worried about. It is his job to ensure his college provides what students need to be ready for life. As much as it is for the administration to listen, it is also important for students to come to college clearer about what they want from college – and to bring their needs and questions directly to the administration.

Notre Dame College is a small Catholic coed institution with a concentration on humanities, sciences, education, nursing and business. It highlights its small class size, excellent academics and personal attention as some of its greatest attributes.

President Kruczek shares the importance of having a college-wide focus on entrepreneurial thinking. For all students to find their way and be successful, they must become proficient in noticing needs and opportunities in their world, and connecting them to their unique abilities and passions to build their life decisions around what they do best. Developing the skills of stopping, noticing and considering (awareness) are built into the coursework throughout the college.

The take away messages for students and parents are:

  1. Know yourself and your abilities before you go to college to amplify the impact and return from college.
  2. Select a college that can help you achieve your specific objectives, and delivers it in an environment that fits you.
  3. Learn to tune in to your world – notice needs and challenges – these are the areas that will likely show you ways to add value and make a difference. This is what is meant by entrepreneurial thinking – becoming an opportunity hunter. Develop entrepreneurial thinking regardless of your major or college objectives.

Check out the college at www.NotreDameCollege.edu.

Contact President Kruczek at:


@PrezTomKruczek on Twitter

The ‘Stop and Notice’ Challenge

This segment is about noticing your world – about stopping and noticing – about slowing down enough to intentionally see what is in front of you. Most of us don’t do this. This takes practice; this takes effort. We know that the more we practice at things, the better we become – it is the same with stopping and noticing. So, each week I’ll provide a Stop and Notice Challenge – to help you get better.

When you learn to be more intentional about what you notice, you have access to information you didn’t previously have – that information can give you greater clarity to help you make better decisions. Notice YOU. Notice YOUR WORLD. You’ll learn a lot about both.

This week’s ‘Stop and Notice’ Challenge:

  1. What is one need or opportunity you notice at home?
  2. What is one need or opportunity you notice at school?
  3. Why did they get your attention? What connected with you or struck a chord with you – this is critical information.
  4. Finally, think about what ways could you use what you are good at and passionate about to solve this need? This is the way an entrepreneur thinks.

Stop and notice one thing this week on purpose. Then ask the question, what is something I could do to make this better? This is how to be an opportunity hunter. This is how to discover what is in your world, and what is for you.

Notice ‘Hot Jobs’

Each week, I’ll share a job that caught my eye – a job that is growing in need and popularity. I’ll share some details about the job, like salary, education, core responsibilities and abilities needed to do the job well. You can then see whether it fits your abilities and your interests.

Healthcare is big and will be for a while because of the amount of retiring and aging baby boomers. This week’s Hot Job:

Ready4Life Hot JobsHome Care Assistant/Aide

  • Average salary – mid $20’s
  • No college degree required
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home care assistant is among the top 10 occupations with the largest job growth.

Home care aides help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled or infirm individuals who are confined to their homes or living in residential care facilities. They may also provide daily care services to people with disabilities who work outside the home.

Home care aides work under the supervision of a nurse;  they also work closely with family members in the provision of care. Both men and women work as home care aides.

Most full-time aides work about 40 hours a week, but because patients need care 24 hours a day, some aides work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, or may “live in.” Many work part time.

To be exceptional in this job you need to be compassionate, patient, responsive, respectful, detail-oriented, perceptive, logical, dependable and friendly. You will need a High school diploma or GED, 2 or more years of work experience a clean drivers license and be able to lift 40 lbs.

Go online to find the centers that train for this work; certification can be earned in several weeks.

Be sure you connect your career aspirations with things you are both good at and passionate about. Focus on what fits you. Listen to your own voice.

Suggested Resources

This week’s recommended resource is the book Linchpin – Are you Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Linchpin is powerful resource to remind you that the way you move ahead in life is to discover what it is you do best and bring it to all you do. You become indispensible.

“Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous, but they are indispensable. Have you foudn a short cut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach?Then you have what it takes to become indispensible, by overcoing the resistance that holds others people back.”

Don’t hold back – be the different, unique and amazing person you were born to be – and bring what you do best to your world.

Powerful, direct, easy to read, empowering and engaging. It is on my list of must read for anyone in high school and college.

You can find the book in electronic and hard copy in all the regular places.

And be sure to review the 12 Entry Jobs with Big Earning Potential. This is a slideshow summary on the great Salary.com website.

Important Links:

  • All Groan Up – Paul Angone – Advice for surviving your 20s

Key People To Follow:

  • Tom V Morris – Philosopher, Consultant to Fortune 100 companies, wise man
  • Britt Hysen – Editor in Chief of MiLLENiAL – lifestyle and cultural magazine highlighting millennials’ contribution to today’s world.
  • SethGodin– Marketing Guru and wise blogger – constant information about showing up and doing great things at work and in life.

Download our Ready4Life Navigation Guide – it will explain how to use our  Ready4Life GPS – to connect you to the tools to know yourself, know your world so you can find your fit.