Motivation to go solo

04:00, Jun 05 2012
Daniel Watson
COMIC TOUCH: Aparima College's Daniel Watson is taking part in a national youth trade challenge in Auckland this month as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme.

An Aparima College student who has been chosen for the youth trade challenge in Auckland hopes his school business venture will eventually be a nationwide hit.

Year 13 student Daniel Watson decided to go it alone in this year's Young Enterprise Scheme and has taken on all of the director positions on the Motivation 123 board.

Having experienced the scheme last year, Daniel decided he didn't want the complications of being in a group this year.

He had always been in to motivational speaking, and starting his own company offering the service rolled over from a speech he did last year, he said.

"I'm very comedic. One of my main speeches is on attitude, I believe if you have got a good attitude you have got a good spirit going on."

He hoped the business would eventually operate New Zealand-wide, with employers up and down the country.


One of three students from the Southland YES region chosen to attend the FedEx Express Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge in Auckland later this month, Daniel was not sure what to expect.

Kristen McKenzie, another Aparima year 13 student, had attended the challenge last year so he would be getting some tips from her, he said.

Each year 88 enterprise students are chosen from around New Zealand to take part in the challenge, which aimed to foster business knowledge through practical teamwork exercises.

Students would gain first-hand experience in world trade, enhance their knowledge of product distribution, promotion and sales and develop traits in competition, teamwork, risk-taking and self-confidence, the event website says.

Ruby Reddington, of Mt Aspiring College, and Jaimee Thompson, of Southland Girls' High School, were also selected to attend the trade challenge.

The Southland Times