Most of us think getting good grades, staying in line, get a job is the best way of life. However, do most people focus on entrepreneurship?
Let me tell you, there is no specific way of being or becoming an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs do not carry a badge. You would not be able to tell if you passed by an entrepreneur on the street or your gym.
So what makes someone an entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurship is a way of life, a way of thinking I would say that is different from most people called the entrepreneurial mindset which can be learned by anyone if worked on it.
Ever seen a kid trying to buy some toys or candies for cheap and selling them in school for a profit margin? Or someone of age 13-14 taking on summer vacation projects from their junior and selling them? Or a kid monetizing a YouTube channel and using the gained capital to finance something else to make more capital?
There has been a sudden surge of entrepreneurs all around the world with kids being successful to most adults. The idea of getting to the core of how entrepreneurs think is relatively new. An entire culture of research and study is working around this.
It is never too late to try and learn to think like an entrepreneur. However, teaching entrepreneurship in the early stages of life of a child would assure your kid to maximize their potential, bring out their creativity and be confident about their ideas.
Here Are Some Of The Ways To Inspire Your Kids To Think Like An Entrepreneur:
Making Mistakes Is A Part Of Learning In Life
Let your child think for themselves from time to time. The best way for a child to learn is to do it themselves and learn from their faultlessness and mistakes.
Even I have gotten into a fair amount of trouble for not keeping in line, Who hasn’t? But each one of us has learnt from our own experiences.
I can understand the urge to always be a guide to your children and teach them what to do how to do and not to do.
However, the road to success is not smooth and sometimes you make mistakes to gain knowledge and experience on how it can be done better.
Your child would be the one who decides the attitudes and assumptions they will carry with them through their life. You need to encourage their choices and assure them they are not wrong to make their own decisions.
Treating your child more as a grown-up would bring out their confidence and they would be able to see the whole world differently from their own angle.
More ways you can do this is by encouraging your children to make more decisions such as :
- Let your child choose what they would want to wear instead of making the choice yourself.
- Let your child make some decisions in the family household such as what they would like to eat, let them pick up groceries with you or make suggestions on how the interior and furniture would look if placed in a different way in your home.
How Would You Know What You Did Wrong Or Right If You Never Did It?
It is not easy to find success in everything you do or for your every decision to be the right decision. But you would never know if your plan would have succeeded or not if you would have never done it.
Allow your child to take risks in life. Let them learn persistence. This would nurture more confidence and it would give your child a sense of confidence on how they can just try out their ideas and how they can share their inputs on matters of concern.
It is up to you to teach your kid and guide them through their life. However, Do not get caught up as a parent. Do not stop your child from taking action on their ideas and thoughts, allow your child to explore their ideas. Moreover, discuss it with them and share your input. Teach life lessons along the way.
Let them know, It is okay to take risks.
Encourage Your Child To Take Up New Hobbies And Interests.
There is no match for the confidence boost and creativity you feel in yourself when you have done or practised something you really like.
When you have played a sport may it be basketball or table tennis or played a competitive video game and won in multiple streaks. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and a feeling that you can take on the whole world by yourself.
Allow and encourage your child to try activities they might have an interest in. It could be any activity such as :
- Letting them try out a sport they might have an interest in. You could watch a sports channel with your kid from time to time to try and see if they are interested in it.
- Not all kids are into sports. They don’t have to be. Your child can try out a musical instrument. A guitar, a harmonica, a Saxophone. Whatever your child would want to learn encourage them but never force your child to learn something they have zero interest in.
- Learning to cook is a basic life lesson but it can be a hobby for your kid if they are fascinated with the varieties of foods and how they are cooked.
Give your child their own time to learn about their hobbies, you can only introduce them to different kinds of sports, music genres, games, dance types, languages. Let your kid decide what they would like to take up as a hobby.
The Bottom Line
Kids are like sponges. Whatever you expose your kid to, they will soak it up. This is known without saying, Young kids already think creatively about everything around them. A child already has a mindset of an entrepreneur, you just need to guide them through and nurture this.