As any affiliate owner will tell you, it can be a scary transition from someone else’s employee to the CEO of your own business.
Would that transition be any easier for us as adults if we were raised as kids to envision ourselves as future business owners rather than future job candidates?
Today’s TED talk from business coach Cameron Herald advocates raising kids to aspire towards entrepreneurship instead of educating them to get day jobs. “We do young people a disservice,” Herald argues, “when we downplay their natural business strengths in school to focus instead on building skills that are less valuable and may never even use – like languages and passing standardized tests.”
But does every child have what it takes to become an entrepreneur with the right training? Is this another “nurture vs. nature” question? Herald defines an entrepreneur as:
1. A person with passions and ideas who decides to put everything on the line to stand up and make it happen.
2. A person who organizes, operates and assumes the risk of a business venture
With enough inspiration, passion, boldness, independence and bravery these entrepreneurial characteristics would be attainable for many adults if they were taught early enough to embrace entrepreneurship.
We already know that getting kids into CrossFit as young as possible will help them see themselves as athletes and develop healthier diet and fitness habits over their peers. We need to start raising our kids to dream of becoming affiliate owners too.