My oldest has the mindset of an entrepreneur. She’s only 9 years old, but since she was four she always thought about her future and how to make money. Lemonade stands, something she looks forward to EVERY year. But now that we live in a busy city, I think she may actually have a customer this year. Knowing that she is a go-getter and has the spirit of a girl boss, it’s my responsibility to hone her skills and teach her valuable life skills so that one day she can be successful. Raising an entrepreneurial child won’t be easy, but knowing that your child will be able to make it is your duty.
4 Entrepreneurial Skills Your Child Needs To Know
1- Raising an entrepreneur means raising your child with a strong work ethic.
Every successful person will tell you there’s no elevator to success. If you want to make it, you have to take the stairs. There is no short cut. This starts at home. Teach your young child how to not only clean up after themselves and finish homework but to go above and beyond. To read an extra chapter, to pick up an extra chore or to write an extra paragraph. Raising a boss entails raising a child who knows what it means to get a bit uncomfortable to have a greater amount of success.
This is why we don’t give out allowances, allowances don’t teach worth ethics. Pay your child based on commission.
2- Raising an entrepreneur means raising your child to be creative.
This is no secret, every entrepreneur needs to be creative, most are the first generation and start from the bottom up. Somewhere within herself was an idea. An idea that gave way to a dream and a vision, which one day turned into a goal.
My daughter dreams of fashion and decoration. She is extremely organized and loves things in order. EVERY night it seems like she rearranges her room (and some nights the living room -oh boy). As annoying as it may be to the rest of us, I don’t knock her. I embrace her desire to create things within her mind and want to see them manifest.
Do you have a child who loves to build with Lego’s or color and paint? Embrace it!
Another great way to encourage your child to be creative is to make sure your child is reading. I don’t know about you, but that closet to Narnia has forever changed my imagination. A vivid imagination is a key to creating ideas. This key will unlock a future to success.
3- Raising an entrepreneur means raising your child to be curious.
Do you have a child who questions everything? I mean EVERYTHING ha. I have one, or two, or three. Yes, I have three daughters that question everything. “why is the sky blue”, “why is that man sleeping on the floor”, “why can’t you be president”, “why do I have to eat that cauliflower” -you get it.
But often times, it takes one question to invoke a challenge that creates a business.
Where there is a need there is value. When your child is curious, she will begin to look for answers to her unanswered questions. Let’s face it, some things can’t be Googled. Like world hunger. Or why that boy in 11th grade didn’t like me. You get what I’m saying.
That curiosity is what creates inventions, programs, foundations, apps and services. Encourage your child to ask questions. Be ready for answers, and be ready to tell them you may not know, but that they can learn or find a way to solve a problem.
Think about it, successful businesses are catered to specific needs.
4- Raising an entrepreneur means raising your child to confident.
Your child can be curious, creative and have an amazing work ethic. But unless your child has the confidence to stand up and out from the crowd, she will never be successful, at least not right away.
Networking is HUGE these days. Your child must have the courage to approach random people day in and day out. In order for your child to one day land the gig of her dreams, or the sponsor she wants to work with or the clientele she desires, she must have the confidence within herself to deliver her product or program.
There will always be naysayers and competitors, her confidence will get her through the tough times. Every young entrepreneur knows that there will be people who don’t share or believe in their visions, that doors will close and that the other you have to break down or just build yourself. But it takes a strong desire and confidence to make it in this world.
Are you raising an entrepreneurial child? If so, tell us about your special child and the skills you are instilling in her, in the comments below.