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Empowering Kids During “Small Business Week”

So many of us have heard about the iconic entrepreneur that from the time they were young children they were making savvy business deals trading cards, lemonade stands and selling sodas and pretzels at school (of course against school rules).
There are some of those people out there that are more naturally inclined to start these ventures from the time they are very young. We wonder in amazement and sometimes jealousy and envy, why couldn’t I be like that. There are those who have these abilities and wonder the same for their children.

I read this fantastic story today on www.INC.com about Barry Schuler who was dreaming about getting this brand new camera for himself. He went and offered his services around the neighborhood to develop film for people. He created ads and signs and even got testimonials all with the encouragement of his parents. How many of us and especially our children have desires for multiple items, gifts, gadgets and treats. We make all sorts of deals with them to do well in school, play well, treat their siblings well and the list goes on and on.

What would our education look like both at home and in schools if we encouraged our kids to develop skills in order to get something they really really want? If a kid wants a new X-Box what if you encouraged your kid to talk to a game developer, send a letter asking some pointed questions about how they got into this? What about taking them to meet some of the business people who work in this industry? What about offering small one on one tutoring to kids who aren’t as good at certain games?

Imagine what type of creative, productive, imaginative, value based new generation of leaders we’d have in 10-20 years?

What would happen to ourselves if we dared to dream this way. You want a new car, a new house? You want a certain position, certain expertise, sell or create a certain product? What will you do for yourself and YOUR dreams?

This week and this month of May that has been dedicated to the hard working small business owners, promoting their support, promoting their courage and creativity is the time to focus on what we can do to support the future of small businesses around the world but especially in our own lives.

This week and month let’s make commitments to ourselves and our families to imagine, create and deliver on these dreams.

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