Raising our children to be the best version of themselves is not an easy task. Probably, every parent will agree with me. There are, however, some monumental mistakes that parents make, according to Cameron Herold. One of these mistakes is teaching our kids the wrong things. “Being an entrepreneur is actually a cool thing”, says Cameron Herold. And that’s what we should teach our children as in most societies, entrepreneurship is considered to be a bad thing.
His point is that we should help children excel at what they are already good at instead of helping them get average results at things they are bad at and don’t understand. A famous saying the presenter uses, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” brilliantly illustrates this idea. Looking for the entrepreneurial spirit in your children and burning this fire inside of them can have a great impact on the world of business as we see it today.
The big problem, apart from the wrong approach of parents toward children with entrepreneurial traits, is the educational system. It seems to be equally inadequate all over the world. The regular school system will teach you how to do many things, most of which you are not naturally good at, because who can be interested in languages, maths, history, geography, chemistry, and physics at the same time? That’s like saying that the same person can be equally good as being a writer, a scientist, a hydrologist, and a dentist. Nobody would assume such a thing, right? Then why do people assume kids can be equally good at all these school subjects?
What’s more, the current school system gives preferences to professions like lawyers, doctors, scientists, etc. In other words, the school system teaches you how to get a job instead of how to create a company and employ other people. The world we live in revolves around business, so why is entrepreneurship seen as a bad occupation? No wonder that all the young people starting their companies have not been great students.
Follow the link below to find out more on the topic of raising kids to be entrepreneurs as well as some exquisite examples of Cameron Herold’s own experience in entrepreneurship as a kid.