Erin Kidd/Daily Courier Commencement speaker Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State Community College, told graduates to be successful they should follow the five principles of effectuation.
Gilliam attended and taught at Isothermal Community College.
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Commencement speaker Dr. Janice Gilliam told graduates at Isothermal Community College on Monday they would be successful entrepreneurs if they follow the five principles of effectuation in the future.
Gilliam, a former faculty member at Isothermal and president of Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee, said the five principles of effectuation are The Bird in the Hand Principle, The Affordable Loss Principle, The Crazy Quilt Principle, The Lemonade Principle and The Pilot-in-the-plane Principle.
said the first principle, Bird in the Hand, means you have to work with what you have.
applied this principle in her
own life by adjusting her
dreams to fit the path she
took in her
"My father and mother only completed the eighth grade but they gave me a solid work ethic growing up on the farm.
I wanted to be a math teacher but I decided I would attend a local cosmetology school and I could be a teacher in that," Gilliam
"You have to access the skills you have and what you need to move forward.
Don't be afraid, be bold."
Working in cosmetology gave Gilliam the opportunity to begin a career at Isothermal which eventually led to her getting multiple degrees, a bachelor's, master's and a doctorate while working full-time and raising three children.
Gilliam served nine years as vice president of student development at Haywood Community College, 19 years as academic chair supervising a vocational/technical department and faculty member at Haywood and Isothermal and served as adjunct faculty for the vocational instructors BS program and the student personnel MS program at Western Carolina University.
"I've been very fortunate to have so many opportunities," Gilliam
"You have to be ready when they come."
said the Crazy Quilt Principle meant graduates should build relationships because "It's not what you know, it's who you know" and the Lemonade Principle means making lemons to lemonade or turning a negative into a positive.
The Pilot-in-the-plane Principle urges entrepreneurs to control their own destiny.
"You have a lot of choices and with each choice, it's not about the money but about the opportunity.
So make sure you look at both," Gilliam