How to Raise a Citizen Kid: Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs

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How to raise an entrepreneur

If you were to make a list of all the traits you wanted to instill in your child, what would be at the top of the list?

Empathy, intelligence, confidence, responsibility … these are a few that quickly come to mind. But there’s one quality that might not seem so obvious, even though it should be, given that it encompasses many of the traits mentioned above.

That quality is an entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs are people who have an idea and are brave enough to stand up and take action. They are risk-takers who are willing to put it on the line to pursue something they believe in. They are also leaders, who aren’t afraid to stick to their principles instead of following the crowd.

So how do we foster this mindset in our kids? We’ve put together four quotes that touch on some of the notable qualities of entrepreneurs, qualities we want our children to emulate. These words of wisdom can serve as guideposts on the path to raising the next generation of thought-leaders.

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” –Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Enterprises

Here’s the thing about every setback: it’s really just an opportunity for growth. Entrepreneurs know that failure isn’t something to be afraid of, but rather something to learn from. There’s value in every experience and there’s always a silver lining. Instead of getting discouraged, teach your child to pick themselves up and try again. Remember, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Unknown

How do we help our children understand the importance of a strong work ethic? It can start small, for example, by helping them stick with an especially hard homework assignment and then celebrating the sense of accomplishment upon completion. Share stories of others who were determined to succeed, lead by example, and always reward a job well done.

“As I gained experience, I was asking questions that intrigued me even as they confused me. Even now, 40 years later, I’ve never stopped questioning.” – Ed Catmull

Help your children explore the world around them and encourage them to ask questions about how things work and why. Try some creative thinking exercises: what if there was a better way to tie shoes? What if we used rubber bands instead of laces? Practice thinking outside the box and talking about new solutions to challenges we face every day.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

Kids need to know that they can dream big, that there’s always room to challenge the status quo. Share stories of notable figures in history who developed new innovations that changed the world and talk about how everyone – even kids – are capable of achieving great things. Show them the sky and give them wings to soar.


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