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Engineers Week T-shirts are compliments of the University of Dayton's partnership with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) reminding you to use your 3 C’s: have a deep curiosity about the world, make connections that spur innovation, and create value for society, your organization and yourself. 

EM = C3

Look familiar?  Although pretty close to Albert Einstein’s famous equation, even he exhibited the 3 C’s of Entrepreneurial Mindset – Curiosity, Connections and Creating Value.  EM=C3.  Einstein’s scientific theories accelerated the development of the world like never before and he gave scientists the tools to mold almost every observable aspect of life as we live today.  Einstein was curious, made connections and changed the world perhaps more than anyone has ever done in its history.  While he had innate mental gifts, he didn't think that's what made him so successful. Instead, he claimed that his persistence was what really set him apart from everyone else in his field. 

What did Einstein say about the C’s of Entrepreneurial Mindset:

  • “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
  • "The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
  • "The aim of education must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem."

Think about your classes and experiences at UD. 

The most impactful moments were likely when you became intensely curious about solving a problem, had an “a ha” moment when you made new insight, and knowing that what you are working on matters, will make a difference, and create value.

How can you develop your Entrepreneurial Mindset at UD? 

  • Ask questions in class regularly that show your curiosity.
  • Try an ETHOS Immersion.
  • Use your CO-OP or internship experience to seek opportunities to add value.
  • Take the initiative to network in your field and set up informational interviews to guide your career path.
  • Use the 3 C’s to tell your unique story to employers and stand out from the crowd during interviews.

E-Week, Ken Bloemer, director, Visioneering Center

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