I think it’s safe to say that whenever anyone in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community sets out to do something their aim is to be successful at it. But what’s the best way to go about achieving success?
For Ryan David Tsang ’13 the answer to that question is to always be asking yourself “What can I give?”. That’s a powerful credo to live by and one that we think makes a lot of sense. We are not all angels and living up to that all the time isn’t possible, especially for a large community like ours, but I’m continually impressed by how many members in this community do exhibit that kind of philosophy on a daily basis.
Take, for example, Jim Cooper. In addition to being a judge at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals, Jim also will be hosting office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) this Friday from 10am to 4pm. You can learn more about his office hours and everything else that is going on in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider (make sure to click the link and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter so you do not miss any of the news coming out of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community!).
Ryan David Tsang ’13 has worked hard since graduating from Cal State Fullerton and that hard work has paid off. You should read all of our post on Ryan titled An Actor and an Entrepreneur but one of my key takeaways is that the clearest path to success is to create it yourself. Waiting for someone else to figure it out for you rarely works.
But Ryan’s story also highlights the importance of belonging to a strong community or, to put it in a more businesslike frame, networks are key. While your own personal initiative is absolutely necessary you also need to forge strong relationships to achieve your goals. Ryan exemplifies this ethos in the advice he gives to our student-entrepreneurs, which is to not ask “What I can get?” but rather “What can I give?”.
Ryan’s story is very inspiring and I hope you take some time to read it.
Another member of our community who exemplifies the “What can I give?” ethos is Jim Cooper. He will be hosting office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia this Friday from 10am to 4pm. Jim is an expert startup coach with a focus on tech startups and funding. If you have an early stage tech startup or just an idea for a startup then these office hours are for you. Jim will sit down with you and walk you through the steps you need to make in order to launch your business.
A lot has happened over the last week in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community and a lot more is planned over the next couple of weeks. Be sure to scroll down to make sure you don’t miss any opportunities.
We hope to see you soon!
John Bradley Jackson