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Hechinger Report runs op-ed by Andy Greenfield ’74 P’12 about liberal arts, entrepreneurship

By Matt Hames on February 6, 2014
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Andy Greenfield '74 launches the Little Talks, Big Ideas series. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Andy Greenfield ’74 P’12 also launched the Little Talks, Big Ideas series at the 2013 Entrepreneur Weekend. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Andy Greenfield ’74 P’12, founder of the Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute at Colgate, penned an op-ed for the Hechinger Report that talks about the liberal arts and entrepreneurship.

He writes: “Liberal arts graduates have great basic training for turning an idea into an action. The school from which I graduated, Colgate University, prepared me for the rocky road of entrepreneurship by teaching me to think critically, communicate well, and to ask the question “What if?”  I soon learned how to turn the answer into an explanatory framework, also known as a theory.” 

Later he continues, “Find your favorite liberal arts institution, and you’ll find graduates who identify themselves as entrepreneurs because they learn to ask questions. Liberal arts students are curious, and think of questions. I work with a team of mentors to turn those questions into actions. There is nothing more empowering than creating something that didn’t exist before.”

Read the entire article here. Alumni, what do you think? In your opinion, does a liberal arts education create people who are more-likely to be entrepreneurial? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

Watch Greenfield discuss why an entrepreneur needs to “look in the mirror.”

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