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Why Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Children


I’m reading a great book called Entrepreneurial Faith: Launching Bold Initiatives to Expand God’s Kingdom by Kirbyjob Caldwell and Walt Kallestad at the moment.  While the main thrust of the book is to exhort Christian believers to adopt a more entrepreneurial approach in growing God’s kingdom, one particular section caught my eye – Lessons From the Youngest Entrepreneurs.

“Children are great models of entrepreneurship in action. Whether they are running lemonade stands, washing cars, walking dogs, or mowing lawns, children know what adults find so hard to understand: Entrepreneurs simply see a need and then find a fun, creative way to meet it (emphasis my own).”

“For some reason, kids absorb this concept without making the challenge more complicated or difficult than it is.  Children don’t look to add more tedious labour to their lives.  For some reason, as we grow older we think something needs to be difficult or a struggle in order for it to have merit.  Kids easily do what they love and figure out how to avoid what they don’t like to do. Even when faced with chores when they would rather be outside playing, children find ways to make the work fun, often by coming up with new ways to complete a task.”

How cool.

Maybe entrepreneurs should take a step back from what they are doing, and look at the work that they do with the eyes of a child.  Perhaps you can discover a new approach to the way you handle an old problem, like treating a potential crisis as an opportunity (think: chores vs play).

Ah, to be a child again! (Which reminds me, I can’t wait for Transformers the movie.)