Teach your kids to be entrepreneurs!


That's a word that seems to be floating about the place these days. Even though it's not a new word, but one that describes a bunch of individuals who want to work for themselves, let's give thanks to the economic down-turn, which has given it new life and new meaning.

Entrepreneurship, no doubt, is a concept with a range of meanings.

The spirit of entrepreneurship!

On the extreme, an entrepreneur is a person of very high aptitude who pioneers change, possessing characteristics found in only a very small fraction of the population.

On the other extreme of definitions, anyone who wants to work for himself or herself is considered to be an entrepreneur.

The word "entrepreneur" originates from the French word, "entreprendre," meaning "to undertake."

In a business context, however, it means to start a business.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary presents the definition of an "entrepreneur" as one who organises, manages,and assumes the risks of a business of enterprise.

The word "entrepreneurship" also brings to mind an inspiring talk by Cameron Herold on ways to teach kids to become entrepreneurs, rather than lawyers, doctors, engineers, and Indian Chiefs.

Not that there is anything wrong with your child wanting to be become a lawyer, a doctor, or an engineer. What is wrong is how we, as parents, seem to forever indoctrinating our children in believing that these are the ideal professions to strive for.

I always ask my children this question: "Tell me, when a doctor, lawyer, or engineer's bathroom is backed-up  with effluent, who does he or she calls... another doctor... another lawyer, or another engineer?"

Without hesitation their answer would be: "A plumber!"

Now, if you have child who is bored in  school, failing classes, at odds with peers, perhaps this child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold, full bio and more links.

At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.

Click here to watch this mind altering video presentation.

Do you force your kids to study hard to become lawyers, doctors, engineers, professors, etc? I am sure you'll never be the same after watching this video presentation.