Not Your Average Teacher
Entrepreneur Proves Entrepreneurship Can Be Taught – The average teacher salary in Washington DC is $63,370 per year. This sounds respectable, however, according to Census data for 2010, the median household income in Washington was $84,523. Missing out on over $20,000, forces many teachers to get second jobs just to pay the bills.
“I’m a school teacher because I’m passionate about teaching kids, not because I’m passionate about living in poverty. However, due to the economic realities, I understand that it’s not reasonable for me to expect schools to pay teachers any more. I thought I had to clip coupons and live on a budget to make ends meet. Then, I met Clay Clark, CEO of Thrive15, who introduced me to the idea that I could actually start and grow my own tutoring business, make a profit and fulfill my passion of teaching students. Now I realize that I can actually take control of my life. I had a four-year degree, yet I had no I idea how to start or grow a business. It took a entrepreneur to teach a teacher how to be an entrepreneur,” says Dominic Cooper, Founder of Launch Academy Tutoring Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cooper was a high school mathematics teacher who was making as much as a waiter at Olive Garden. “It was incredibly depressing, “ Cooper explains. “I had a four-year degree from a private university and I was still making as much as I did when I waited tables. I knew I was worth for more than that.” Within 5 years, Launch Academy grew from Cooper giving free tutoring lessons by himself and hanging flyers up in Panera to 10+ employees and a passive income equivalent to what he was making as a full-time teacher.
“Our goal is to teach the practical skills entrepreneurs need to know to help people get from where they are to where they want to be,” says Thrive15 Founder Clay Clark, winner of the US SBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award and U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Blue Ribbon Quality Award. Clark, who is the founder of nearly a dozen successful companies says, “America’s greatest resource has always been our entrepreneurs and their ability to find problems and solutions that people are willing to pay for. Our goal at Thrive15 is to teach entrepreneurs practical skills they can start implementing immediately to achieve their goals.”
Thrive15.com, web-based practical training taught by millionaires, moguls and everyday entrepreneurial success stories, offers 15-minute edutainment videos on topics such as accounting, human resources, marketing, sales, public relations, leadership and more. After nearly two years of development, Clark and his of team of mentors are set to launch the Thrive15.com platform. Thrive15 has been designed to teach the skills of how to develop a profitable, self-sustaining business.
“Entrepreneurship, just like any skill, is one that is taught,” says Clark. “Yes, some people are natural entrepreneurs, like the college-dropout billionaires we read about, but anybody with the right tools and determination can succeed in business. Most people never achieve this level of success because they don’t have the entrepreneurial skills they need to start and grow a successful business. America needs mentorship.”
Clark has been an entrepreneurial educator, business coach, workshop leader and speaker for such companies as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Southwest Airlines, and Farmers Insurance and has shattered the myth of top-down leadership.
Cooper adds, “I am incredibly thankful for the mentorship and practical skills that Clay Clark has given me to launch my own business. For the first time in my life, I can stop worrying about how I will pay my bills each month and can truly enjoy my passion of teaching children.”
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About Clay Clark
Clay Clark is the CEO, Show Host and Visionary of Thrive15.com. Clark has been a U.S. SBA Entrepreneur of the Year, a Metro Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, and the U.S. Chamber National Blue Ribbon Quality Award Winner. As a business consultant, entertainer and educator his clients over the years have included: Hewlett…