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099: Steve Mariotti: They attacked me with knives

//099: Steve Mariotti: They attacked me with knives

099: Steve Mariotti: They attacked me with knives

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Steve Mariotti Show Notes

Steve Mariotti went out for a jog and was mugged by a bunch of young men with knives. Experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, Steve was taught to change the sentences in his mind. As part of his ongoing therapy he became a teacher and he found out that he enjoyed helping people achieve their life through entrepreneurship.

A native son of Flint, Michigan, Steve Mariotti grew up with his younger brother Jack.

Steve received his B.B.A in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His primary interest in school was Entrepreneurship as he had been unable to get a job as a teenager in Flint and started seven different businesses to fund his education.

After receiving his MBA, Steve was appointed the treasury analyst for South Africa for Ford Motor Company where he led the internal effort to prohibit Ford from selling Surveillance equipment to the racist government of South Africa. Ford adopted Steve’s recommendations and their policy of not selling to non-democratic governments remains in effect to this day.

In 1982, Steve was mugged by a group of youths armed with knives. After seeing Therapist Albert Ellis, he was advised to become a public high school teacher in New York City’s roughest neighborhoods as part of his therapy.

So Steve decided to leave a successful business career to become a teacher. On his first day of teaching special Education students in the worst school in New York City (March 6th 1982), his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the mugging, disappeared and he knew he had found his life’s work. Steve discovered he could reach even his most troubled students by teaching them to run small businesses.

In 1987, he founded the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to bring entrepreneurship education to low-income youth. Since then, more than 700,000 students in 22 states and 12 countries have graduated from NFTE programs. Steve’s vison is that every low income youth will be taught the basics of starting a business so they will have an opportunity to escape poverty.

Steve has authored 30 books, including An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto. Over 10 million of Steve’s book are in print and used in over 30 countries.

Steve is the Fellow of Entrepreneurial Education for the PhilaU Center for Entrepreneurship at Philadelphia University. In announcing this appointment, Diana Spencer, president of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation said, “Steve Mariotti is a visionary who takes the road less traveled, encouraging others to think big and create their own entrepreneurial journeys.

Steve currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey where he enjoys hiking, playing chess and adding to his collection of more than 7,000 rare books.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Every human being has the ability to find a comparative advantage.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“Every human being, is basically always in business for themselves.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“Your life is to determine how to best use your resources.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“Each human being has unique knowledge of time and space.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“It’s very healthy to teach people to be thinking of themselves as entrepreneurs.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“The happiest people in the world today are American women entrepreneurs.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“Some of the great minds in the world never shine.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“In one generation you can go from doing everything wrong to everything right.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“We have a corrupt and evil tax code.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“In the art world, so often the entrepreneur is portrayed as a negative.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“Common core has made people’s unique knowledge not of value.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“The standardization of curriculum really benefits no one.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“It’s the entrepreneur that creates the wealth.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

“Empathy has created great happiness for me and wealth.” -Steve Mariotti Click to Tweet

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Hump to Get Over

Steve Mariotti went out for a jog and was mugged by a bunch of young men with knives. Experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, Steve was taught to change the sentences in his mind. As part of his ongoing therapy he became a teacher and he found out that he enjoyed helping people achieve their life through entrepreneurship.

Advice for others

Talk to local school districts about local programs to teach kids about starting businesses.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Organization

Best Leadership Advice Received

Integrity

Secret to Success

Listening

Best tools that helps in business or Life

Reading a book a week.

Recommended Reading

An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Updated

Contacting Steve

email: stevemariotti [at] gmail.com

website: http://www.stevemariottipartners.com/

Huff Post: http://www.stevemariotti.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-mariotti-534647103

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveJMariotti

Resources

Five Spot Soul Food – Five Spot Restaurant & Lounge

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.