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When I was a kid I remember wanting to have a job so badly. I wanted to be able to earn money and buy my own things, so at the tender age of 8, I decided to get in touch with my entrepreneurial spirit. At 10 cents a pop, selling watered down lemonade to our neighbors wasn’t exactly going to be a cash cow, so I came up with the idea to join forces with a friend and start a “detective business.” We were going to help people find their missing items, and in turn they would pay us for our services. The only problem was that we didn’t have any customers. No matter. We (okay, I) decided to solve the problem by creating a market. By this, I mean we hid my little brother’s toys and made him pay us to find them. I really did think it was an ingenious plan … until my parents figured it out and made us give him his money back. Thus ended my brief flirtation with enterprise.
I hope that one day my children display an entrepreneurial spirit themselves (granted I hope they attempt a much kinder and more useful business endeavor than my own), and if they show any interest, I’ll definitely be taking some tips from Moziah Bridge’s mama.
Moziah is the CEO of Mo’s Bows, a handmade bow tie business based out of Memphis, Tennessee. And get this: He started this business when he was just 9 years old! Mo always exhibited a flair for fashion and loved bow ties; after he was unable to find fun, colorful ones that suited his taste, he decided to whip some up using his grandmother’s scrap fabric, and the rest is history. Here’s more on the story of Mo’s Bows:
I first saw Moziah on NBC’s Shark Tank (my Friday night guilty pleasure) and was so impressed by him. His confidence and charisma were a force to be reckoned with, and it was impossible not to smile while watching him give his pitch to the sharks. But what impressed me equally was Moziah’s mom, Tramica Morris. She stood back and let him do the talking. I’m sure there were moments when she wanted to step in and speak for him, but she let him fend for himself and I really admired that. It’s clear that she’s been a huge support to Mo in this entrepreneurial endeavor and helps him when he needs it, but overall she seems to relinquish much of the responsibility to Moziah. As she puts it, “Mo may be the CEO, but I’m the CEO of Mo.” It seems like she’s doing a pretty great job of give and take when it comes to her son’s entrepreneurial spirit and fostering his interests.
I hope to do the same for my own children — encouraging their interests and helping them to explore their ideas while urging them to learn financial responsibility at an early age. These skills that Moziah is learning and the pride he feels at being an entrepreneur at such a young age are things that he’ll be able to draw on well into adulthood and that he’ll carry with him for the rest of his life.
I also really like that even at the tender age of 12, Mo’s mom has instilled the importance of sharing what you have. He donates the funds made from his Go Mo Bow Tie to help underprivileged children attend summer camp. I love this because Mo is learning that financial responsibility doesn’t just end with your own finances — it’s important to give back as well.
Another incredibly impressive Citizen Kid out to change the world!
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