“Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”

Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger is a book that, “… chronicles Taulbert’s journey from life in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation to being recognized by Time magazine as ‘one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs.’ Who Owns The Ice House? reaches into the past to remind us of the timeless and universal principles that can empower anyone to succeed.”  Pulitzer Prize Nominee and Co-Founder of Stairmaster. Clifton shared the impact of his Uncle Cleve, an unlikely entrepreneur and owner of an ice house business in the 1950s Mississippi Delta. Shortly after, Gary invited Clifton to speak about his entrepreneurial journey at a national conference. The overwhelming public response to the powerful story led to Clifton and Gary agreeing to co-author the book published in 2010. the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation made a program-related investment to evolve the eight life lessons into the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. Kauffman Foundation President & CEO Carl J. Schramm stated that: “The eight life lessons Taulbert and Schoeniger describe are timeless examples of the power of entrepreneurship to overcome adversity and achieve independence, regardless of one’s circumstances.”

“Inspired by the life story of Pulitzer Nominee Clifton Taulbert and the influence of his Uncle Cleve, Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur is the companion text to the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. Ice House participants learn from a diverse array of real world, ‘unlikely’ entrepreneurs, like Uncle Cleve, who have embraced an entrepreneurial mindset. ”

(Excerpted from the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative website)

I was fortunate enough to become a certified trainer through the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI).

Entreneurial Learning Initiative Training – Gary Schoeniger and Bree Langemo, J.D.

My focus is on helping baby boomers who think of themselves as “nontrepreneurs” develop an entrepreneurial mindset. I’ve offered workshops in a variety of settings and continue to coach older workers who want (and/or need) to stay engaged in the world of work. This quote from the ELI website sums up why it’s so important to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of age:

“The world has changed in ways that now require everyone to think like an entrepreneur. Learning how to think like an entrepreneur can have a profound impact on our lives. An entrepreneurial mindset shifts our perspective in a way that exposes opportunities, ignites ambition, and fosters the creativity and critical thinking, the self-reliance, resilience, and resourcefulness that have become essential for both individuals and organizations to adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. It also creates a powerful incentive to learn.”


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