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Passion is Fashionable

When Jairo Fernandez first joined the Youth Entrepreneurs class at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas, he couldn’t even pronounce the word “entrepreneur’. But that quickly changed once he understood what entrepreneurism was all about and he realized he had what it took to become a living and breathing embodiment of it.

Now a student at Kansas State University, Jairo is working toward an industrial engineering degree with a minor in entrepreneurism. In between his studies, he works part time at The Finish Line where he says he has been able to apply many of the principles he learned through YE to become one of the top salespeople in his store. But he stresses this is not his end-game. Jairo has big aspirations to start his own clothing line, Pharaoh Clothing. Going off what he calls some of the best advice he received through his YE experience, he is focusing on doing something he loves and building a business around what he’s passionate about.

“At the end of the day, I feel like that’s the most important thing and YE actually helped me start loving business and so that’s something I take into consideration everyday of my life.”

In his conversation with YE AND ME podcast host Grant Mankin, Jairo discusses the importance of networking, treating people with respect and making good impressions - all skills he attributes to YE. He also details the success of his first business plan and what it felt like to step away from that idea and watch as someone else executed it successfully.

Listen in as Jairo reflects on failure, the future and fashion to learn how current YE students can gain an understanding of what it means to create value, not only for themselves, but for others around them.

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Discussion Questions
Have you ever had to abandon an idea? How did you arrive at that decision and what lessons did you take away from it? 

Why do you think so many entrepreneurs stress the importance of networking? Can you recall a time when networking served you well? 

Have you ever had an idea that someone else was able to successfully execute before you had the chance to? How did that make you feel? 

After listening to Jairo’s story, what Foundational Values do you think he embodies most?