Entrepreneurs and Children

Entrepreneurs are like a Child. They have so many similarities :

  1. Every day is a fresh start: For a child, every day is a fresh start. For an entrepreneur also every day must be a fresh start. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – L.M. Montgomery.
  2. Creative pursuits are fun and good for you:
    • This is a well-known fact that children are too creative and an entrepreneur must think and plan creatively.
    • Children use things differently and rely a lot on their imagination.
    • Entrepreneurs need to feed their creativity by trusting their instinct and do things in their own unique way.
  3. Be courageous: Courage is the only weapon to defeat the fear of failure. and an entrepreneur must have enough courage to handle the fear of being a failure. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin. Sing out loud. Dance when you feel like it. A child’s life feels limitless because they are not confined by fears of failure or humiliation. They march forward with hope and determination because they don’t know any better. They haven’t been beaten down, they haven’t experienced failure. They embrace life and all it has to offer with open arms.
  4. Laugh every day: Children have the beautiful ability to find joy all around them. Just watch the humor a child can find in a shopping mall or at the park. They see silliness everywhere. Entrepreneurs also must stay happy while doing things.
  5. Be active: “Play energizes and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” – Stuart Brown. So who are the active entrepreneurs? the simple answer is Entrepreneurs who have chosen their work life to coincide with their passion for the active life! So what are you waiting for??  Let’s GET ACTIVE!!!!!
  6. Learn Everyday: Learning is not a single step ladder to reach a height, rather it’s like a series of so many different steps towards your goal. We know how a child improves every day and night by learning things from each and every possible source. An entrepreneur must also have the property of learning from all around and even also from failure.
  7. Be the hero. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron. When a child tells you a story about school or the soccer field, they are usually the hero of their story. The world revolves around them. As we age, we don’t want to be conceited or egotistic, so we downplay our accomplishments and achievements. We don’t want to brag. But in doing so, we often slip to the side of self-deprecation. We put ourselves down to make others feel better or to be more relatable. Modesty becomes an admirable quality and we start to convince ourselves of our own mediocrity.
  8. Scars are badges of honor: “Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle.” – Dodinsky. As we get older, we hide our scars, our wounds become our secrets. We don’t want to be seen as weak or pitied, so we tell no one where it hurts. But what children recognize is that scars aren’t signs of weakness, a scar is a sign of strength and survival. A story to tell. An accomplishment.
  9. Try new things:
    • “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide.
    • Children are not afraid to play a sport they have never tried before. They will jump on a trampoline, dive into a pool or ski down a mountain even if it is foreign to them. As adults, we fear the unknown. We stay safely ensconced in our comfort zone and rarely venture out. Adventure exhilarates us and awakens the spirit.
    • Children are thirsty for knowledge and always are in search of something new. They like to explore things, to listen when somebody has something to say, to absorb information, and to put the new things that they have learned into action. Entrepreneurs must be on a constant journey of learning to keep up with the fast-changing business environment.
  10. Notice the little things. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault. We all know the difference between listening and hearing, the difference is of only “Focus/Notice”. Learning will be better when we notice little things
  11. Open and empty mind with no judgment:
    • Children are not likely to be judgmental and are ready to accept different opinions and people and to embrace these differences.
    • Entrepreneurs have to be open-minded, be ready to try out new things, and accept different points of view.

12. Curious: Children are always curious about the things around them. Children get easily fascinated and they often take their time to explore and observe. As an entrepreneur you are on a mission to improve the world and to deliver something unique. Embrace your curiosity and thirst for knowledge in your search for revolutionary ideas.

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