For the past decade, I’ve taught at the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering. I hold weekly office hours, and typically students line up and down the hall waiting to speak. And semester after semester these bright students most want to discuss the same topic: What is the best way to plan an entrepreneurial career?
These students have already figured out the first important piece of advice themselves: Enroll in a great university. There’s currently a meme floating around that entrepreneurs should simply bypass college. That’s incredibly poor advice, and the people giving it often have a great deal of personal college experience themselves. So not only is the advice poor, it’s also often hypocritical.
As it turns out, the best career planning method is simple and powerful: Make a plan and make it early. It’s easy to tell someone to make a plan, but how do you actually do it? I explain this methodology, which I've learned in part from great mentors and in part from personal experience, in more detail in my new book, Breakthrough Entrepreneurship. But in a nutshell here’s how you do it:
This steps will give you the very best chance to succeed. You’ll develop your entrepreneurial skills and lay the groundwork for a great career. There are no guarantees, of course, and luck will certainly influence the magnitude of your results. But give yourself the best chance possible, and start working on your 20-years-from-now resume today.