In its school programs on entrepreneurship, Junior Achievement encourages students to notice unmet needs around them and imagine ways to fulfill them. Encourage children to ask themselves, for example, what could be done to help consumers use less water or energy? To help people drive to work more easily? Junior Achievement cites Motorola cofounder Paul Galvin, who began mass-producing car radios in 1930 after noticing people trying to custom-fit home radios into their cars. That kind of resourcefulness, experts say, will never go out of style.
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