One of the main problems afflicting this society is the lack of true entrepreneurship among youth, true pillar of a new economic model and key to the transformation of any economy. I do not speak of that spirit that many of us have had to discover and older (or rather rediscovering). I speak of the clear and unequivocal conviction that every young person should have that is capable of changing the world, but not as something abstract, but as a series of clear and concrete to act on what you do not like steps. I speak of the famous entrepreneurial spirit. And that spirit we can not inculcate nor at school or in college (although they are essential parts of the process), but must be an indivisible part of the education we offer our children, our responsibility as parents. Why not forget that as said W. B. Yeats
Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire
Not long ago we talked about how to turn that entrepreneurial fire in our children, but from a global perspective and context. On this occasion I wanted to share what I've been learning and working in terms of specifics, but only as a starting point for the community to enrich readers. I would like the post would become a compendium of tips, ideas and proposals that together help other parents and trainers.
HOW TO DETECT AN ENTREPRENEUR CHILD?
Although in my opinion all children are entrepreneurial by nature, it is true that some children have developed innately that entrepreneurial character, which in many cases and if we are not aware of them can earn them the label of "problem child".
These are some of the signs that can help us detect them, but certainly their parents and branded as "restless"
It is stubborn child who never are satisfied with the explanation that we have given and wants to see for themselves if so.
These are children who do not usually fit in at school, and in many cases diagnosed as hyperactive (really just get bored with an education that leaves them no experience or challenge established knowledge)
Have genuine desire to change the world, and not content to point out what does not "work" for him, but put devise ways to fix them (by absurd that these are confronted with the "real" world). They are children from small are interested in understanding how things work, and especially how money works (how you win, the money do their father and mother, why not charge more, why the father of the neighbor makes more )
All children are enterprising
We will try to gather points here that I think are key to inculcate the right attitude in children (I would remove the word "entrepreneur" because I understand them as necessary for anyone).
Mistakes and learn: I think although as parents we talked a lot about the importance of letting children make mistakes, when the truth does not leave them. As we spoke a few days in a row of entrepreneurial education ago, we let them take risks and make mistakes (if that does not involve great risks), and then never go to the "I told you so," but ask "What have you learned?" and then "because then it was worth it to learn, right?
Out of your comfort zone: In today's life, with the workload and fatigue that we parents can use the moments that happen to our children to rest and enjoy them with known and controlled environments. Although it is nice, we must challenge our children and force them periodically to leave your comfort zone, whether traveling to new places, doing activities or sports that had never done before etc. Though at first it will be difficult, gradually it costs you less out of their comfort zones.
Encourage curiosity often tend to give definitive answers to our children when they ask how something works, so that they make (or endure) with our explanation. Instead it is better to help them think and ask questions, saying: "You do as you think it works?" Or "why do you think so?". This also means that wonderful time when our children ask 1000 times "why?" We answer them not rudely, but we help them think and find their own answers.
Security: A thorny issue, but possibly very obvious. To explore, to question their surroundings and dare to change a child should feel safe and comfortable so that under no circumstances should never laugh at your clumsy attempts or get angry because they do not do things first as they are closed. Patience and an expression of unconditional love (whether they do well and if they do evil) are key.
Getting used to the uncertainty
One of the derivatives of the above is that we should make our children do not feel too uncomfortable with uncertainty, since this is possibly one of the most common companions of the entrepreneur. Gradually, if we persevere, we challenge their skills and get used to leave their comfort zone had just feeling more comfortable with uncertainty.
Setting goals: Our children, as is normal for their age, they are used to thinking very short term and more or less opportunistic way. Although the more older they become more aware of the need to have goals, we should help them set goals (eg "save to buy the car they like," or "learn to skate"), and above all, encourage them and encourage them to start with small rewards.
Tenacity, effort and resistance to failure: Undoubtedly one of the hardest lessons of life is to learn to fight for what we want, persevere when everything is uphill and after failing to get up. For an emotionally immature child is even more complicated, but we must make it clear that if they want something and fight for it may get, no matter what people tell them their environment. At this point the road is almost more important that actually get it, since what is important is that we support unconditionally, without question (something very difficult because always nuanced their future with our past, forgetting that their future is for writing).
One of the most difficult elements is to maintain a proper balance between encouraging them and motivating them without falling into being pushy. It is a complicated task, but for me the key is to bother them a bit (without letting them accommodate) but be aware of your mood, fatigue and protests, to know when it's time to give them a hug and not insist. For me the turning point is simple but very difficult. The key is that the whole process is fun, a game in which we spend the whole family well. At the moment that is a burden or obligation we have lost the battle.
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