As the CEO of a technology company that is growing day by day, I have a great responsibility on my shoulders. I am individually responsible to my team, clients and investors, and I work every minute to show that I am looking after their interests in the best way possible.
However, even these responsibilities are zero when compared to my parental role. We all have a purpose in life, mine is to take care of my family and raise my child.
My number one job in life is to transform my son into an honest, loyal, brave and enterprising man. However, although it may seem easy to say this in today's world, it is quite difficult to do it.
You ask why?
Because times are changing rapidly. I also think of my childhood that coincided with the late 1980s and early 1990s. How the world has changed dramatically. Our society is more interconnected than ever, markets are more contentious and confusing than ever.
You do not think so?
The way to a smooth and comfortable life for past generations was simple. At school, you would hang on to your classes, go to college, and do successful jobs at a company that has been interested in you for a long time. However, this is not the case today.
As parents, we cannot assume that if we raise a good child, that child will be able to find his way through this world without too much trouble. To be successful in today's competitive and often chaotic environment, you need to have courage, intelligence and a strong entrepreneurial spirit at the same time.
As you can see, tomorrow's business leaders and startup founders will be among today's children who were raised by their parents to have an entrepreneurial spirit - having this skill is extremely critical in these days as the startup world is full of young people and the free economy is growing day by day. For this reason, being able to instill these values in our children at a much earlier age will give them a strong advantage in the coming years.
As parents, we will only be able to inspire our children to have an entrepreneurial spirit if we can develop enough emotional skills that your child will need, such as being courageous in taking risks, effective problem solving, and developing a positive attitude towards failure.
Professor of child psychiatry at New York University Langone Child Study Center, Dr. Andrea Vazzana says it's all about shaping the child's behavior from the very beginning. "Social / emotional skills are extremely important and the sooner you support children in this regard, the better it will be for the future of both you and your children."
Here are tips that will help you improve the entrepreneurial characteristics of your children, which we have compiled for you based on research:
1- Give your children problem-solving skills.
To prepare children to come up with business ideas in everyday life, you must develop problem-solving skills when they are young. Brainstorm together on problems in your child's life. Help them identify the problem, think of all possible solutions, measure and weigh the pros and cons of the solutions they find, and choose the best option.
Vazanna claims that the better parents can articulate, verbally express, and talk to the child about what is needed in a problem-solving task, the stronger the entrepreneurial spirit the child will acquire.
2- Help your children learn from their failures.
As parents, you affect your child's willingness to try, fail, learn and try again - which is extremely important for entrepreneurs to know how to learn from failures. To do this, let your children see criticism as a learning opportunity and encourage them to think about or brainstorm how they can make what they're dealing with differently next time.
When you make suggestions for improvements, be sure to give specific compliments that will balance both sides. Vazanna calls it the "feedback sandwich". In this way, “Children are not harshly criticized; they can also get the positive message behind the criticism ”.
In short, start with praise first, then talk about what you can do better and do it with praise.
3- Give your children the opportunity to make a decision on any issue.
An entrepreneur's confidence and making bold decisions depend on his early independence. When your kids are young, you can choose between spinach or broccoli for dinner, or let them choose their own outfits. In this way, you will enable them to experience firsthand how it feels to make a decision and help them feel good.
When your children are young, limit the options to just a few. Because having too many options will also make them feel pressured. As your children grow up, loosen the reins and rely on them for even their biggest and most critical decisions.
4- Develop feelings of mastery.
Entrepreneurs take great risks, but being so comfortable with uncertainty is not something that will happen overnight. Children need the freedom to test their limits and face their fears when they are younger.
When your child encounters a risky situation, help him first, then move this help process to independence step by step. Vazanna says that the tasks you will be assigning your child should become increasingly difficult. This progressiveness will give your child a sense of mastery. By pre-setting the conditions for success, you can make them feel safe to take risks.
5- Teach your children to find constructive methods to challenge the current situation.
Children are taught to obey the rules, a habit that often hinders entrepreneurship, without question. Instead, teach children to challenge stereotyped rules by constructively questioning the logic of now-normalized rules. Question what they think should change and why they hold such an opinion. What would they want to happen instead?
You also have to be an example for them. "The way parents talk to each other and to their children model this behavior," says Vazanna. Your actions will help your children learn how to diplomatically challenge any norms or understand in what situations they should follow these rules without question.
6- Set an example for your children.
I remember my mother, my siblings or I said "take the news from the child" whenever we say something that is not very appropriate for our age, or when we say something we should say. This phrase has always served as a reminder for me that children understand everything, and that they have a hole in their ears.
For this reason, it is very important for parents to demonstrate the value of entrepreneurship at an early age, even in the home environment.
As an entrepreneur, even I see my son grab and imitate each of my actions, and I'm still amazed at it. He's only six years old, but just the other day he came up with "business plans" designed to solve the problems he faced! He knows how to bargain and always tries to exchange value for what he wants.
You don't have to be an entrepreneur or own a small business to set a good example for your kids. After all, entrepreneurship is an attitude, not a profession.
Hard work, creativity and courage are key elements of the entrepreneurial spirit. Parents who want to instill these values in their children should ensure that they seek creative solutions to their children's problems, have a positive attitude in the face of failure, and they should adopt all these personally and make them a lifestyle.
7- Teach that if there is no risk, there is no reward.
We believe that to realize the value of hard work, you must first have a basic understanding of risk and reward.
As modern parents, each of us tends to protect our children from risk, but we still do not hesitate to be tempted by a reward. This is a unique approach to blame-based “helicopter parenting” for the lack of entitlement and responsibility seen in many young people.
Parents should learn to resist their protective instincts and instead help their children embrace a sense of realism. That's why my wife and I have always tried to strengthen the relationship between the concepts of risk and reward in our son's life.
This can be difficult to accomplish. After all, there is a fine and equally important distinction between entrepreneurial risk and general risk behavior.
To make this distinction, we use the term "initiative" rather than risk. For our son, this means being creative and taking proactive steps to get what he wants. Of course, this is also a risk because there is no guarantee that the problem will be resolved.
8- Encourage their creativity and take their ideas seriously.
If you take the necessary steps for your child to have a solid entrepreneurial spirit, they will start to come up with ideas that are unique to them. Moreover, these ideas will often be weird and funny.
Whatever you do, never get discouraged. Take your kids' opinions seriously, no matter how ridiculous.
My son once saw a homeless man on a street corner and asked my wife why that man was there. After learning what it means to be homeless, he developed an idea called "Homeless Feeders".
His big idea was to raise money and provide food and shelter for the homeless in our area. He aimed to provide them with "100 bananas, a foldable bed and 1 million lira".
This was a wonderful idea as it was absurd, so my wife and I were careful not to laugh at the idea. For a young mind, it seemed extremely plausible to make such a plan. That's why we encouraged our child to go after this idea and think about what it would need to make it happen.
Of course, he quickly realized that distributing bananas would be much easier than reaching the millionaire.More Business Posts: Business ideas