Belfast Telegraph

Innovation expert at QUB sees 'positives' in slump

An enterprise expert from Queen's University has written a Christmas story to encourage anyone facing professional or financial difficulties to turn their lives around through entrepreneurship.

David Gibson, from Ballinderry in Co Antrim, was recently named one of the world's top three enterprise educators by the US Association of Business Educators.

The Enterprise Secret is his fifth book, but his first work of fiction. It follows the fortunes of an unemployed graduate, a struggling small business owner and a redundant executive.

Mr Gibson said that the book is aimed at anyone who wants to turn their fortunes around in the face of the recession.

"The economic downturn is affecting people from all walks of life," he said.

"While it might be tempting to bury your head in the sand and hope that everything will be OK, the best thing you can possibly do is to look for the opportunities in your own situation and make things happen. In other words, find your inner entrepreneur.

"Being entrepreneurial is not necessarily about making millions, instead it is about having a mindset which is geared towards making a contribution, and the skills to turn opportunity into reality.

"This is what I teach my students at Queen's, and it is the foundation for The Enterprise Secret."

Mr Gibson is senior teaching fellow in enterprise education at Queen's University Management School.

He has championed the introduction of the 'e-factor' into courses across Queen's, particularly those not traditionally associated with entrepreneurship, such as nursing and the arts.