B L O G = Business Lessons & Opportunity Generated

June 20, 2013

I attended an event last week at Smithtown West High School in Smithtown, Long Island. It was the 17th year, that’s right, the 17th year for the Smithtown School of Business Annual Business Olympics. Over 200 high school students from both Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West participated in teams. The students presented their concept for a new business in the field of “Apps”. If you don’t know what an App is, it’s something that everyone under 25 knows, uses and desires. Those of us over 50 (okay, maybe over 60 too!) might know about Apps and even use them. The business of Apps is growing every year.

I was a judge at this Business Olympics and saw the talent, knowledge and enthusiasm of the students who created, developed, designed, promoted, marketed and sold their unique App to an audience of teachers, parents, students and business people. It was Fantastic!

Did  the Long Island media and press cover this event? No, they did not! The media should have covered this event. Why? Because all students will work (HOPE acronym for WORK = Worthwhile Opportunity Requiring Knowledge) in some type of business when they get out of school and the media should let everyone know about this unique academic event.

Young people are leaving the island every year because there are fewer jobs for them. Even if there were jobs, our high schools are not teaching students job & business related skills they’ll need when they graduate. High schools need to teach business skills to every student.

Please take time to learn about the Smithtown Business Olympics and see what you, can do to assure that business courses are taught in ALL Long Island High Schools!

Hopefully you agree with me on this. Every student needs to learn business skills that they need to transition from school to business – any business! Every students needs to know how to sell (yes, I said sell!) themselves, their degree and knowledge when they graduate from school! They need a “competitive edge”, which is found at www.hopeskills.com.

Are we really in post-hope America?

June 6, 2013

There’s an interesting article in the October 24th issue of New York magazine written by Noreen Malone. It’s titled: “Coming of age in post-hope America”. The article reflects the feelings and attitudes of some young people today. The statement in red, on page 23 of the article she writes, My screwed, coddled, self-absorbed, mocked, surprisingly resilient generation. Does this describe you?

Today’s youth shouldn’t feel like there’s no hope in America. Of all the countries in the world, America is the one – and perhaps only – country where there will always be hope. Why? Because in America individuals can have a sense of ‘optimism’ about what they can be or do in their life …’belief’ in themselves to do and be whatever they choose …and ‘opportunity’ to implement their optimism and belief into actions which result in opportunity becoming reality. The high school and college students I meet with are very resilient …they know there’s always hope in America! Do you agree?

Let’s face it; America is going through a very challenging, tough and frustrating period for all of us, young and old. A slumping economy, high unemployment, greed, lack of integrity in business and politics, rising costs of education and student loans averaging $24,000 are reality. American’s in a deep economic and emotional hole. And sadly, our leaders can’t seem to agree on what needs to be done to dig us out of it. There appears to be no simple solution to solving our problems. What can you do to be part of the solution?

I believe there is certainly reason to believe that things can and will be better in the future. What do you think? To make your hopes come true for a better America requires making tough decisions in addition to being patient and persistent while you’re out there doing something to make things better. But, saying there’s no hope…I don’t believe that’s true.

It’s up to each of us to make hope an active, rather than passive word in your life. How do you do that? One way is to make your own hopes come true and not rely on someone else!


May 23, 2013

Bob Wolf, Founder of HOPE®

Why HOPE®?
Hi, I’m Bob Wolf …thanks for reading my first HOPE blog … tell me what you think!.

Students know that today’s job market is very competitive and the future doesn’t look much better. Students can only hope the job market loosens up when they graduate … is there any real hope for them? The answer is YES!

HOPE®, The Students’ Bridge To Business gives students the competitive edge they need to STAND OUT from the competition they’ll face as they transition from school to business. This competitive edge is honed when students learn and develop “4 Skills Every Student Needs”; Interpersonal, Communication, Presentation, Selling skills.  These are building block skills which give students the self-confidence and self-esteem they’ll need in any business.

For example; these skills help students learn how to get interviews and do well in them while also learning how to avoid making common mistakes during the interview process.

Why NOW?

The time for students to learn, understand and use these 4 Skills Every Student Needs is NOW, while they’re in school … before they apply for a part-time or full-time job, put together a resume, prepare for interviews or enter any area of business. It’s NEVER too late for students to learn these skills, which prepare them to meet, earn support from and work effectively with the one constant found  in every business … PEOPLE. All students can learn these skills.

Students want to know: 1) What can I do to stand out from the thousands of people looking for jobs? 2) How do I get interviews and job offers? 3) What can I do while I’m in school, to prepare myself for life in “the real world”?

Contact me for answers to these questions or schedule a HOPE® presentation; simply click info@hopeskills.com  or bobwolf@hopeskills.com

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