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5 Things Entreprenuers Can Learn From Children

Could it be that children have innate wisdom that is smothered by the hardships of adulthood? The natural confidence, stubbornness, and optimism children tend to possess are all traits that today’s entrepreneurs could benefit from. Perhaps that is why in the past few years I have seen more stories about kids starting businesses and attaining incredible financial success.

Today I want to share a few inspiring stories about kids who have used the wisdom of their youth to go far. Yes, I’m talking about what we can learn from kidpreneurs, successful entrepreneurs who haven’t yet graduated middle school:

1. Do what you are passionate about

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Mikaila Ulmer was stung by a bee when she was four years old. Rather than cry, she wanted to learn more about bees and why they are important. She became fascinated with honeybees, everything they contribute to the ecosystem, and their recent struggle to survive. She wanted to do something to help her newfound friends.

So when her grandmother gave her a recipe for flaxseed lemonade, she decided to start selling the lemonade, flavoring it with local honey, and giving a percentage of the profits to save the dying honeybees.

Mikaila now sells her lemonade at WholeFood markets, restaurants, and food trucks all around the USA. When she isn’t finishing homework, she travels the country to speak at workshops on how to save honeybees and participates in youth entrepreneurship panels.

Mikaila has a huge heart for bees, so even though running a business can be an overwhelming task for a 10 year old, Mikaila doesn’t mind. Hard work comes easy when you are doing something that you love.

That is the great thing about kids. They don’t think about life or business in terms of what would be most profitable. They get into things because they are genuinely interested in them. It is passion that pushes them to do their best.

2. Just do it

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One great thing about kids is that they don’t over think things. At the age of 12, Farrhad Acidwalla noticed that there was no online place for aviation enthusiasts, like himself, to mingle. So he started one. Just like that. Since he had no background in programming or web design, he taught himself as he went. After a while he was able to sell his website for a profit, which empowered him to venture into larger internet businesses. He is now recognized as one of the world’s youngest super successful entrepreneurs and gives lectures and speeches around the world.

However, let’s not forget how it all started. He had the childish courage to just get started. He said at a TedX event:

“I’ve never sat on an idea. If I get something, I act on it. Business is all about taking the leap. Once you take the leap, then you can think about what’s going to happen next. The larger the vision, the larger the need to pave your path with skill and confidence. But, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. That first step is the most important thing.”

3. Don’t be limited by fear of the impossible
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Zuriel Odouole is an award winning filmmaker and speaker who has interviewed 14 head of states in Africa as well as many other African celebrities. She had worked as a correspondent at a World Press Conference and been named on ELLE’s global 30 list, all before her 13th birthday. Impossible? Nope.

The great thing about kids is they don’t have enough experience to know what seems impossible. Consequently, they don’t limit themselves by those standards. Zuriel is a go getter. She sends polite emails and letters to the biggest and scariest of people, because she never writes any interview off as impossible.

What can adult entreprenuers learn from Zuriel? Never let fear of rejection or failure hold you back. Coco Chanel once said that:

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

4. Delegate Responsibilities

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Moziah Bridges loves bow ties. But when he was a wee one, he had trouble finding real bow ties for kids. So he decided to pull out his grandmother’s funky vintage fabrics and learn to make his own. Since then he has begun a successful online business selling his unique bow ties.

One thing Mo understands, that I think is difficult for some adults to grasp, is that he can’t do it all alone. Whereas some adult entrepreneurs have a tendency to hold all the responsibilities themselves, afraid that if they don’t do it themselves it won’t be done properly, Moziah understands the power of delegation. He lets his mom run the business while he is at school. He also has three seamstresses to do most of the sewing for him.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Kids ask for help every day, that is how they learn so fast. If you are too proud to admit that you need help or too perfectionistic to delegate responsibilities to others, you will become swamped with more work than you can handle and end up drowning in your own success.

5. Learn from your mistakes

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Gabrielle Jordan spent hours watching YouTube tutorials about how to make her own jewelry. Eventually her friends started buying her pieces right off of her at school. So, at the age of nine, she started her own jewelry business, Jewelz Of Jordan.

Since the successful take off of her business, Gabrielle has become a celebrated public speaker, Amazon #1 selling author, and philanthropist. She is also the chief creative officer for Gibster, an online teen content platform.

What really stuck out to me about Gabrielle, was her ability to learn from her mistakes. At her first jewelry show, she was offered a microphone to explain her showcase and completely flubbed. She was embarrassed and just wanted to go home, but people came up to her and encouraged her. So she went home desperate to create even better products so that she could prove herself to be more competent at her next event.

In a TedX talk that she gave, she said that one of her secrets is her family who isn’t afraid to tell her when she has made a mistake. When she makes a mistake, she doesn’t try to cover it up, she doesn’t try to justify it. She accepts it, takes responsibility, and asks her mentors how she can learn from it.

The Takeaway:

It turns out that there are a whole lot of things adults, particularly entrepreneurs, can learn from these incredible kids. For one thing, starting a business takes dedication, and the best way to stay dedicated is to do something you are passionate about. Secondly, running a business means taking giant leaps and not being afraid to try things no one has done before. And finally, there is no shame in asking for help. There is also no shame in messing up as long as you bounce back by learning from your mishaps to keep on running, skipping, hopscotching toward your dreams.

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You Need To Know That The World Needs Your Idea

You have a great idea. You are willing to give it time, money, and emotional stamina because you see a problem that doesn’t have to remain. You see an innovation that could change how people do things forever.

Your idea is all you want to talk about at get-togethers with old friends. It drives you to work late into the night. It wakes you up early in the morning. Things are going well and then BOOM.

One day you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, forget your coffee, and begin to wonder, is it worth it? The cloud of self-doubt overshadows you. You are doubting your idea. You are doubting if it is possible. Even worse, you are doubting whether or not it was even necessary in the first place.

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PC: f3fundit “I Feel Like A Fraud”

I am here to tell you, the world needs your idea.

Whatever it is, from small niche to audacious new enterprise, the world needs it and the world needs you to make it happen. It is the innovations of entrepreneurs like yourself that really change our world.

Every election year, presidential candidates juggle smooth slogans and catchy sound bites about changing the country and the world, but how much can they really do? Our country was designed with built-in gridlock. Our founding fathers didn’t want governmental change to be easy or fast. They worried that people might be stirred up by events to make big changes with long-term problems. As a result, change in government is slow and gradual, baby step after baby step, with a few leaps backward along the way. Innovation is almost impossible.

Big businesses are often too afraid of risk. This hinders them from pushing the limits of science, technology, and what people have tried before.

You, on the other hand, do not have a speed limit. If you believe wholeheartedly in your idea, you can take a great leap forward that nobody else can. Think of how much our daily lives have been changed since the recent invention of the iPhone and Facebook. People like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerburg have had ideas, executed them, and actually changed the world within their lifetime.

Entrepreneurs are uniquely placed to make big changes and execute big ideas. They can find problems and solve them far quicker than those working through the baby step system of government and/or big business. You are needed because you can take risks. You are not afraid of failure.

Entrepreneurs find problems and solve them. Whether you are working directly for a ‘good cause’ non-profit organization (DuoLingo, Khan Academy), or fixing a problem to make a profit (AirBnB, Apple), either way you have the ability to change the world for the better.

Maybe your idea seems arbitrary to some. Entrepreneur.com recently published an article about why the world needs more brilliant stupid ideas. The article charges entrepreneurs to look at the world through a “stupid filter” and see all the potentially lucrative albeit dumb sounding projects. For example, doggles, fashionable sunglasses for dogs, may at first glance sound like just about the dumbest thing ever. But doggles is a real company that makes over 3 million dollars a year.

Perhaps dog’s sunglasses aren’t fixing any huge horrible problem in our society, but it is providing jobs for hundreds of people. There are 202 million unemployed people today. As long as there are unemployed people, the world needs entrepreneurs to expand the economy and accommodate the increasing numbers of job seekers.

People will tell you that it is stupid. People will tell you to give up. No one else may believe in you, but you’ve got to believe in yourself. Turning ideas into reality is hard work. If you have a passion for your idea, that passion will become the intensity you need to travail until your idea is produced. No one else has the vision and passion to make your idea come to life.

Remember that in 1903 the president of a bank warned an investor against Henry Ford’s automobile by saying “the horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.” The radio was poo pooed in the 1920s when potential investors said “the wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” And Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper company because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

There will always be people to doubt you. Don’t doubt yourself. Only you can make your idea happen. So get back to work.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

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The President Whose Quarter Life Crisis Was Worse Than Yours

You’ve been working really hard for the past few years. You have pursued some of your passions and let others fly by. Now you look around and realize that time is marching past faster than you anticipated. You are not capturing each moment aggressively enough. Your golden youth is fading and you still don’t know what you are doing with your life.

If it is any comfort, I know a guy from small town Kansas who could tell you a thing or two about the quarter life crisis. At 30 years old this guy, let’s call him Harry, didn’t have much. He didn’t have a house, a car, or a job. The only thing he could really claim as his own was a cartload of debt from a failed business venture. He dropped out of college (due to lack of funds) and moved back in with his mom. He proposed to his long-time crush and she had completely rejected him, multiple times.

But you know the thing about Harry was, he didn’t let the loneliness and social pressure of his late twenties get him down. Instead he continued marching forward as best as he could, taking every new setback and strike of bad luck (and believe me, he had plenty of them) with a sideways smile and determination to recover. He kept on working hard, regardless of whispered snickers around him. And he kept on proposing to his sweetheart.

Can you guess what happened to Harry?

He didn’t fall into unrecoverable depression and spend the rest of his day’s in his mother’s basement. He did become one of the most influential presidents in American history. He did join Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in creating the treaties that ended World War Two. He did successfully lead the country through a post-war recession and issue the Marshal Plan to rebuild Europe. He did create the Truman Doctrine to contain communism during the cold war. He did oversee the Berlin airlift and assist in the founding of the United Nations and NATO. Oh, and he did eventually woo his stubborn country girl sweetheart and marry her.

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According to gumtree.com,  86% of the 1,100 young people they surveyed admitted feeling under pressure to succeed in their relationships, finances, and jobs before hitting 30. More and more 25-30 year-olds seem to be simultaneously battling increased social pressure and loneliness, a killer combo. The Depression Alliance estimates that a third of twenty-somethings are depressed.

However, although the quarter life crisis may be rampant, it does not have to be a negative experience. Dr. Oliver Robinson, from the University of Greenwich in London, studies the quarter life crisis extensively. His research has convinced him that it could have positive benefits. In fact, he thinks it may be a necessary part of growing up:

“The results will help reassure those who are experiencing this transition that it is a commonly experienced part of early adult life and that a proven pattern of positive change results from it.”

Alice Stapelton is a life coach who focuses on helping people undergoing the quarter life crisis. She told Forbes:

“The Quarter Life Crisis should not be regarded as a negative experience; it is about questioning what you have created in your life already, and asking yourself if you could achieve more by choosing different goals or career paths.”

The trouble is that social media makes it impossibly easy to compare ourselves to an unrealistic version of our peers. Social Media gives people the ability to portray themselves in an ideal way, or “put on their Sunday best” as Stapelton put it.

Imagine if Harry Truman had been on social media comparing his humble farming life to his friend’s brand new finance job and yellow mustang rather than following his own path and setting his own goals.

The trick to making the most of a quarter life crisis is to learn to set your own goals and stick to them. Stapelton puts it perfectly:

“Becoming an adult is about learning to set your own timelines, not trying to match your parents’ or friends’ achievements.”

We need to stop comparing ourselves to others and focus on who we are, what we want to do with our lives, and how we plan to accomplish those goals.

If you have to compare yourself to anyone, forget the glitzy friends of friends on instagram and remember Harry Truman’s humble roots. Through hard work and perseverance, you can propel yourself through the quarter-life slumps to a happy and fulfilled adulthood.

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Hours Integrates with FreshBooks

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