BY CHRISTOPHER GERGEN & GREGG VANOUREK
Life Entrepreneurs Exercises
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Background and Instructions: The Life Entrepreneurs Exercises, which track the flow of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008), are designed as an entrepreneurial leadership development activity to help people lead an extraordinary life. We recommend that you complete the Life Entrepreneurs Personal Assessment© before doing these exercises, because that assessment will provide you with a sense of areas in which you are strong and areas that warrant further attention. Click here to take the Life Entrepreneurs Personal Assessment.
You can go through the exercises here in one of two ways:
When done comprehensively, this set of exercises leads to what we call an Entrepreneurial Life Plan© (ELP). We recommend that you consult your ELP regularly to maintain accountability and ensure progress—and that you revise it annually so that it stays fresh and continues to inform your life path.
Note that these exercises are designed as a supplement to Life Entrepreneurs. They are meant to be conducted in conjunction with the book, not as a stand-alone. They are also meant to be challenging. This set of exercises, when done properly, can be transformative.
These exercises can be done on your own, in a peer learning group, or as part of a facilitated process. In our workshops, we can help guide you through this reflective growth process in a supportive environment. Through our single- or multi-day seminars, we will work through the critical steps of the entrepreneurial path, help you with stumbling blocks, share best practices, and connect you with a community of emerging Life Entrepreneurs. To learn more about our facilitated workshops, please click here.
In summary, here is the recommended process for those interested in these concepts and activities:
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