A reader writes…
“How should I raise my 12-year-old sister to be a successful entrepreneur? How do I raise her to be the next budding entrepreneur genius?”
As cute as it sounds, that’s a tough one.
Take my 6 year old son, Adam, for example. He’s a smart kid with diverse interests in math and science, reading and writing. He watches all kinds of space documentaries and will put most grown ups to shame with his knowledge.
Ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he says…
Don’t get me wrong, he’s pretty phenomenal but i’d like it better if he’d apply his talents to programming or robotics. i’ve tried everything. The closest i’ve come was “Games Artist”…
The outer space stuff, though, he’s really into that.
Casually, i forward him news articles and videos about space that i come across. Recently, i even bought him Universe Sandbox, a space simulation software, which we spend HOURS doing experiments on every evening.
As a parent, it’s your duty to foster your child’s talents and interests.
The challenge, however, is to do that without being pushy.
Kids, like customers, they’ve got to feel their decision is their idea, not yours.
You’ve got to see where their inclinations are and put things in their path for them to discover and explore. Throw baited hooks their way and give them space to figure it out on their own.
I learned this from my father, bless him.
When i was a kid, he keenly observed my interests and then supported them. Like when i learned programming at age 9 and built my first robot soon after. It’s how i mastered university level statistics and applied it in code to engineering and language problems in Matlab and Labview at age 12.
After he gained my curiosity about programming, Dad sat with me, and together we learned first Hypercard and then BASIC. He asked his colleague at the office to set me up with a C compiler. He asked their technician if he could collect his scrap electronics for me to take apart and build my own circuits at home. He brought home colleagues specialised in areas i was interested in and let me sit together with them and talk.
He has no technical background. He’s a linguist!
It’s important to be actively involved. You don’t just send them to a class, buy them a book or a toy and think you’ve done enough.
You’ve got to walk the walk.
Kids learn by watching. What are they learning when you disappear for 10 hours a day to a far off land called “job”?
What entrepreneurial traits are they adopting from you when you’ve distanced yourself from their life and just come to them when it’s time to cozy them up before bed time?
Have an adventure together, be part of their learning!
One way to do that is to start shared activities in your home with which your whole family comes together and participates. Make this a “thing”.
The Super Traffic Machine programme is ideally suited for kids with entrepreneurial leanings. Give it as a Christmas gift and address it in their name. Let them take ownership of it and do it together as a family. Block a time for this each day, Guide them through each module and work together to create a online business.
What’s wonderful about Super Traffic Machine is it comes with a built-in reward system that celebrates every time you accomplish something.
Plus, it’s written in Sesame Street-style simplicity.
Much of its design was inspired by books i learned programming from as a child. The layout, the structure, the step by step nature of it along with examples…. It makes a very timely and appropriate programme if you have kids or family members with entrepreneurial inclinations.
With this, you learn to assemble a digital products inventory and build a list of hungry buyers… and you’re making this journey more productive and fulfilling by involving the whole family. This could be the best gift you could give them this year.
Sounds interesting? Here’s the link to get started today…
P.S. let me know if you plan to do this with your family, i’d be happy to do a call with you guys and help you get past anything thorny you might need extra help with.