Most people push the idea of getting a good job. Throughout a child’s school years the ‘good job’ is held up as a motivator. It is explained that the ‘good job’ will allow the child to eventually buy all sorts of goodies – luxury car, fancy clothes, etc. The alternatives to being a wage earner and being a consumer are never mentioned. There are alternatives and they should be presented to children from a very early age.
Views of others
I love the comments to a Hacker News story :
“But they also have a great time with their own little business. We have a huge garden and every week or two, they put all the extra produce in their wagon, walk around the neighborhood, and sell it. They usually make between $20 and $80 (when you’re cute, $2 for a lemon is an easy sell). I love that it teaches them skills beyond entrepreneurship (math, conversation skills, money, etc.).
Here’s one of them in action. ”
“I believe that making and selling products is something that is both mentally and financially rewarding, and something that they don’t teach you in school.”
Make things with the kids and show them that you don’t have to go to a shop to buy everything. Have the kids join you in planting and looking after fruit and vegetables in your backyard. Let them enjoy the fruits of their labour. Bake a loaf of bread or some cookies with the kids.
Don’t make going to university and getting a good job the sole words of encouragement the kids hear. Explain the businesses around them. Make them earn their pocket money. Read them stories about successful business founders.
A success story
Don’t wait till the child is older, start him/her now. Here is a good story from
9 Amazing (Very) Young Entrepreneurs ( http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5051-young-entrepreneurs.html ).
“Like many little girls, 6-year-old Lizzie Marie Likness wanted to ride horses. To pay for horseback riding lessons, she began selling homemade baked goods at her local farmers market. Eventually Marie realized that cooking was her true passion, and with the help of her parents, she built a healthy-cooking website with instructional videos to help kids eat better.”
Its all about more choices.
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