90 Year-Old Entrepreneur Pledges 100,000 Copies of Book for Underprivileged Students
Santa Barbara, CA
Jack Nadel and his wife, Julie Nadel, both successful entrepreneurs turned philanthropists, have pledged this month to gift up to 100,000 high school students in the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program with a digital copy of Jack Nadel's award-winning book, "The Evolution of an Entrepreneur," featuring 50 of his best tips for surviving and thriving in business.
Both the Nadels and the NFTE organization agree that students can learn to become entrepreneurs and that entrepreneurship can be a gateway for those who might not otherwise have opportunities for financial prosperity.
With a strong commitment to supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs through teaching materials and his many Huffington Post articles, 90-year-old Hall of Fame entrepreneur Jack Nadel, chairman emeritus of Jack Nadel International, a global leader in the specialty advertising and marketing industry, found NFTE to be the perfect entrepreneurial channel for donating copies of his latest book. It contains a wealth of insights and valuable tips from his seven decades of business success. In Jack's words, "Early entrepreneurial training can make all the difference for achieving success."
Having come from a difficult childhood on the streets of New York during the Great Depression, Jack Nadel knows firsthand that critical thinking and spotting opportunities using entrepreneurial ideas are valuable tools for finding a way toward overcoming poverty and gaining financial independence.
"I grew up on the streets of New York during the Great Depression and it was tough," said Nadel. "It was through hard work, overcoming fear, learning how to spot opportunities, and building meaningful relationships that I discovered how I could be successful, and entrepreneurship became my ticket to get ahead in life."
The Nadels are impressed with what NFTE, a non-profit organization, and their teachers and students have accomplished since Steve Mariotti founded the program in 1987 in New York City, where the Nadel's are also both originally from.
Through a highly experiential approach to entrepreneurship education, NFTE helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. In the last 27 years, NFTE has reached more than 500,000 young people and currently has programs in 21 states and 12 countries. With more than 1,500 active teachers, it is continually updating and improving its entrepreneurship curriculum.
"The program is based on the concept of experiential education, where every child gets to do, and that becomes the essence of learning," said Mariotti in a video interview. "Every concept that we teach is based on real world examples, and real world experiences. I think that NFTE's idea that every child should learn the basic principles of how to start a business is one of the best ideas in American education today. It strikes right at the heart of what our world is struggling with, which is how to get people out of poverty, how to get people to be able to use markets to build their communities, to help their families and loved ones, and to help themselves." Mariotti added that learning basic business skills at an early age is, in his opinion, the best anti-poverty program of all. The Nadels couldn't agree more.
NFTE's CEO Amy Rosen also shared in the same sentiment that, "NFTE makes school relevant for young people; they go to school, and they actually are engaged with thinking about opportunity in their lives...they start seeing opportunity in a very different way."
The Nadel's are in full support of NFTE's mission to provide programs that inspire young people to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures.
"I started working at the age of 13 as a florist delivery boy in New York City," said Jack. "A major reason for my successful life as an entrepreneur was learning how to deal with people and reality at an early age, and at 90, I realize more than ever that, in most cases, success is an evolutionary process. The sooner the evolution as an entrepreneur can begin, the better."
Both Jack and Julie Nadel began their careers as entrepreneurs in the Los Angeles region (at different times), so they contacted the Los Angeles NFTE office directly for more information when they discovered this specialized entrepreneurship program for youth.
As Estelle Reyes, the LA region's NFTE's Executive Director expressed, "We are so grateful to Jack and Julie Nadel for their generous donation of digital copies of Jack's award-winning book, 'The Evolution of an Entrepreneur' to all of our NFTE teachers and students. Jack's entrepreneurial journey is a true inspiration and will create a ripple effect that will uplift our entire community."
The e-book version will be distributed nationwide directly through NFTE's internal communication channels next month for teacher and student access for use with the entrepreneurial program classes and training.
"These students will learn from the many lessons and insights I gained from 70 years of real world experience that I share in my book," said Nadel. "In fact, it's the very reason I wrote it...to share as much as I can and inspire as many as I can in accessible and affordable formats with those who can benefit from what I have learned in my career as a successful entrepreneur."
Visit http://www.JackNadel.com for more information about Jack Nadel's learning resources for entrepreneurs, including "The Evolution of an Entrepreneur: Featuring 50 of My Best Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Business" - winner of five Global Ebook Awards including three Gold Awards for BEST in Business, Leadership and Careers/Employment.