Ever since my oldest daughter was in middle school (and probably younger) she has wanted to be a pediatrician. I, of course, have been supportive of this career choice, but one thing I have also encouraged is a thought pattern toward being a business owner.
For me, that means encouraging Amber to obtain her medical degree and also pursue opening her own practice. This isn’t a new “lecture” that I’ve given; I’ve been trying to get her to think more businesslike for as long as I can remember. For instance, almost every hobby or creative spurt she’s had I’ve suggested that she try selling the item/product and build a customer base.
When we made jewelry and her friends told her how much they liked her pieces, I suggested she make some to sell. When she developed an interest in baking and started sharing her goodies with her friends, who then started making requests, I hinted that she should make some to sell. What teenager doesn’t want to earn money? She had an interest in designing handbags and t-shirts. I said, “Great idea. If you like it you should try selling them as well.”
I don’t know why, but nothing could make her pursue the avenue of making money. What could I have done differently (and do differently with the younger children) to light a fire under her to pursue an independent means of making money?*
And that’s the point: Independent financial survival especially in these economic times and with the competitiveness in the working world is absolutely essential. My mind shifted to the subject again when I read an article on Yahoo Finance provided by The Wall Street Journal. The article, “Teenage Entrepreneurs,” reported on several teen entrepreneurial legends who have successfully bought and sold businesses; who succeed in their education as they run their companies; and it hints at the methods, resources and other things that they’ve used for help and inspiration.
If you’ve read any of my other Parents’ Perspective blog posts then you know I believe it’s our job as parents to guide our children to success. What tips do you have on leading children to avenues that will result in successful entrepreneurialism?
*There isn’t a right or wrong answer to my question. I think I will continue to make suggestions and present resources like I’ve always done. While I’m at it there is a possibility that an idea will be fertilized within my children’s brains, take hold and grow.
First-time college mom