All parents want to set their children up for success. Perspectives on the constituents of this success differ from parent to parent. While some parents want their children to climb up the corporate ladder, others want their children to be the ones who provide that ladder to others. If you are also hoping that your child grows up to be a successful entrepreneur, remember that it’s not something that happens overnight.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
This quote is attributed to two great personalities – Abraham Lincoln and Peter Drucker. These men were highly influential and successful in their lives, and from their words, we get a glimpse of their thought processes. It is this kind of thinking that helps build the lives of oneself and others. You have to train your child to think this way. To do so, you have to be a role model.
If you are dreaming of a future in which your child is a business mogul who helps others grow, then you have to start creating that future by developing your child’s entrepreneurial mindset. Although all successful entrepreneurs are different, all of them have some mental qualities in common. This blog will tell you what these qualities are and how to develop them:
The ability to find innovative solutions to problems is one of the qualities that sets successful entrepreneurs apart from everyone else. Entrepreneurs don’t just think outside the metaphorical box, they are not bound by the box. In their eyes, there is no box, there are just opportunities.
By exposing your child to a wide range of subjects and concepts, you can light the fire of curiosity in his/her mind. Ask open-ended questions and let your child explore potential answers. Present problems that will make your child think critically and come up with solutions. You can utilize riddles, brainteasers, games, or hypothetical real-world scenarios. Let your child experiment and allow ample time for coming up with solutions. Hone your child’s creative thinking abilities by showing them how problems can be solved in more than one way.
Business is not for the faint-hearted. If your child is to build his/ her own empire, he/she has to learn how to bounce back from adverse situations. Resilience is a must. Again, you have to lead by example. Teach coping skills by practicing them together. Hold discussions about adjusting to new circumstances and adapting when things don’t go as planned. Show your child how to create plans B, C, and D when plan A does not work. Resilience and optimism go hand in hand. Nurture optimism in your child; teach him/her how to look at the bright side of things.
Learning from mistakes
Resilience will help your child embrace failures and move forward. But you will have to train him/her to learn lessons from the mistakes. Many people take heed of lessons that their own mistakes teach them. However, the entrepreneurial mindset is a tad different. Successful entrepreneurs learn from their mistakes as well as those of others. They treat mistakes as opportunities to learn. Learning from the mistakes of others helps in avoiding predictable mishaps and losses. Teach your child to recognize the blame game and avoid practicing it. Normalise mistakes, talk about them openly and discuss better alternatives.
Legendary entrepreneurs know the value of time – their own and that of others. Valuing time also involves planning and organizing. Only when entrepreneurs manage time effectively can they pursue business objectives with ease. Teach your child time management techniques. Make him/her learn by practicing the techniques in case of assignments and chores. Create routines for your child. For instance, involve him/her in preparing an after-school routine, a bedtime routine, and a morning routine. Encourage your child to stick to these routines. The routines can be modified if they are not working out as well as they should. Teach your child to set time-bound goals and try to achieve them within that period. Through these efforts, your child will develop a crucial skill required for being an entrepreneur.
Businesses are not built by one person. The foundation of a successful business is a loyal team. Entrepreneurs need to be able to build teams they can trust. They should know how to work together with their teams. Entrepreneurs need to have tolerance, patience, and empathy. Strong leadership qualities are also essential for entrepreneurs. Give your child the chance to exercise leadership and teamwork in a variety of contexts, such as group projects, sports teams, or neighborhood events. They will be better equipped for future entrepreneurial endeavors as a result of these experiences.
Developing your child’s entrepreneurial mindset is by no means easy, but it will be worthwhile. You will create a leader who will work for and with others to fulfill dreams. It is up to you to make the challenging process of transformation an enjoyable journey.