01 Jun Ireland – Day 11 (Bank Holiday)

First day I have had to use an umbrella – if I could have since the winds were blustering in excess of 40 miles per hour!

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 11.42.48 AMThere was a women’s “mini-marathon” (10K) today with 37,000 runners expected – not sure if all turned out!

We met in the morning for updates from each of the student teams on their start-up company projects.  The teams have made a lot of progress, and I remain confident that our clients’ expectations will be exceeded!

The students described their projects, the approach and expected outcomes.  In addition, they talked about the challenges (project, external & internal), strategies to hit the finish line, and what they’ve learned thus far about leadership, entrepreneurship and themselves.

I came across an article on success, and thought the take-aways were particularly poignant given the student comments on what they’ve learned thus far:

  1. Stay busy (STAMINA)
  2. Just say no (FOCUS)
  3. Know what you are (KNOW THYSELF)
  4. Build networks (COLLABORATE)
  5. Create good luck (DISCIPLINE)
  6. Have grit (DETERMINATION)
  7. Make awesome mistakes (RESILIENCY)
  8. Find mentors (ASK)



  • Jeanette Dean
    Posted at 01:52h, 02 June Reply

    Jan, catch yerself on with the umbrella !!

    The turbulent Irish weather, including winds is what builds perseverance and character. Lol.

    • Jan Rutherford
      Posted at 02:55h, 02 June Reply

      Jeanette – I saw this quote in my dinner menu last evening – love it!

      “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
      -William Butler Yeats

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