No one knows the children with whom we interact today could turn out great business leaders tomorrow. Some children do reflect certain characteristics and potential with which they can shine in the business world in coming years. However such kids need to polish their traits and capabilities and, therefore, who else than parents should own up this responsibility themselves. If your child exhibits similar characteristics, you should consider how to groom your child for success rather than ignoring any such possibility from arising.
As a parent, it is your job to inspire the entrepreneurial skills in your child by developing discipline, risk taking ability, problem solving skills, accepting failure and learning from mistakes. So the childhood is the right time when these skills should be developed and a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship is instilled in them.
The following are 5 tips for how to groom your child for success:
Allow your child space to brainstorm
Thomas Edison once famously said – “to have a great idea, have a lot of them.” When it comes to writing, creating and designing, it is very important for your child to get a necessary space to brainstorm. So when you ask them to brainstorm, you are effectively asking them to generate ideas instantly related to a particular topic. It is actually a key to the creative process and is the best way to think a whole range of potential solutions to a problem. Brainstorming doesn’t constitute any wrong answer because as long as ideas are coming across in the minds of the kids, it is a success.
Help your child in setting goal
It is a thumb rule in entrepreneurship that the goals are set prior and followed afterwards. If your kid has dreams and some ideas, you have to show them how to formalize those goals. Various studies have also shown that the goals that are written down much before are more likely to succeed in the future. So you should also prompt your child to have a clear idea about his or her goals and should be written down. You can encourage them by setting short-term goals in the beginning and in this way the long term goals can be achieved.
Teach your kid how to grab an opportunity
It is not easy even for the adults how and when to grab a right opportunity. So if you inculcate the habit of recognizing the potential opportunities in your child, he or she will be heavily benefited in the long term. So your first step should be to develop the mentality that tries to seek solutions rather than just getting stopped cold by imminent problems. Your child must be aware of the fact that every problem brings a unique opportunity with it, and he just needs to grab it.
Inspire your kid to be creative
From entrepreneurial point of view, creativity forms the basis for marketing skills. Teaching and inspiring your child about creativity is a great way to inculcate marketing skills in them. You should also teach him or her value of customers because without them there is no point in running any business. You can begin by motivating your kid to observe marketing materials and advertisements like billboards, promotional banners, printed advertisements in magazines or televisions. You should yourself be attentive as to what kind of commercials and messages catch their attention.
Teach your child to learn from failure
One of the most important jobs being a caring parent is to teach your child the value of failure in our lives. Infuse in them a willingness to try, fail, learn and try again – which is very important lesson for any entrepreneur to learn. However, most people especially the younger ones do not accept failure as part of a learning curve because they start considering it as a final chapter in their lives. Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich, has beautifully written that, “Every failure carries with it a seed of equal or greater benefit.” The main idea behind this philosophy is that on failure your kid will force himself to come up with new ideas in order to accomplish his or her goals.