Raising another human being entails more than just providing them with three meals a day, a roof on their head, comfortable clothes, and education that will culminate in a diploma with their name on it. It goes way beyond their physical and intellectual well-being.
The core responsibilities of parenting include helping your child be his best self so he can achieve his dream (regardless of whether the dream is to become a political leader, an artist, a lawyer, an actor or model, a business owner, or anything his heart is set on). While he may not know it yet, he would need to develop certain values on top of the skills he learned from school so he can succeed in whatever path he plans to take.
To better understand this, here are seven entrepreneurial values that your children need, not just so they can succeed in business, but in life as well:
Being authentic means showing one’s truest self to others. In a way, it allows children to be happy with who they are and enhances their self-esteem. This will make it easier for them to be confident in their skills and make the right choices in the long run.
Authenticity, in its purest form, will also allow them to be more open and willing to be unique from others. It can also protect them from negative pressures that society might throw at them. This is because, if a person is congruent with who he is, there should be little or no need for false pretenses that can cause him to lose faith in who he is.
While honesty can be mistaken as one and the same as authenticity, it actually is quite different. Being authentic means staying true to one’s self, but being honest is a choice a person makes to establish trust with others.
Dishonesty, while convenient in situations that require an easy way out, can cause unfortunate events. It may even cause the person to lose his hard-earned authority and reputation.
Because of this, most entrepreneurs make it a point to be as honest as possible to their colleagues, staff, customers, and even competitors. Trust is an asset no great entrepreneur would dare neglect as it serves as a solid foundation of strong relationships — both in their career and personal lives.
In the world of entrepreneurship, courage is a value that can shake mountains and, when used properly, can yield results that were initially thought to be impossible.
As a parent, it may be tempting to provide everything your child needs just when he needs it. However, this can do more harm than good as he grows older since it may prohibit him from building up the courage to face challenges on his own.
Because of this, it is important that you allow your children to face difficult scenarios without coming to their rescue the moment you feel that they cannot accomplish the tasks they set out to do.
4. Optimism and Sense of Wonder
Optimism is innate in children. Because of their innocence, they are unaware of the dangers in the world that cause adults to feel pessimistic about certain things. While it is understandable that you would want to protect your child from these dangers, as a parent, it is also your duty to protect his sense of wonder and positivity.
While it may be difficult, the best way to do this is to become optimistic yourself. Don’t let your judgment and prejudices cloud the way you present the world to your child. This way, he would be able to remain positive despite the negative aspects he may encounter in life. Remember, you have the power to nurture him in a way that will make him see the good despite the bad, so use it well.
Another important value you should instill in your child is patience. Some parents believe that patience can be achieved by simply making their kids wait. However, entrepreneurs believe that patience is more than that — it is continuously trying to succeed despite failures along the way.
Instill in your child that waiting for something to happen without doing anything is practically losing precious time. While it is good to wait, you should let him understand that being patient means he believes that his goals can be attained no matter how difficult it may seem.
Being human can be surprisingly difficult. That is, of course, unless you teach your child the value of humanity from a very young age.
Humanity is all about empathy, so teach your child to try to understand others’ circumstances instead of judging them. This will help him become more tolerant of others and be more open-minded regarding those who surround him.
7. Gratitude and Humility
No one will be able to achieve their goals without needing help from others, so make sure to teach your child two important values: gratitude and humility.
Teaching him to say “please” and “thank you” is a good start, but you should also reinforce this with action. The trick is to be a good example by using his admiration and respect for you to ensure that he not only understands, but also knows how to practice these two values.
The best way to do this is to express your gratitude to him for being a good son and to say sorry if you’re in the wrong. This will let him know that even adults — or people who hold higher positions in a company for when he becomes a boss — should be thankful for a job well done and express their regrets should they make mistakes.
While paving the way for a child’s bright future is a huge responsibility every parent needs to take on, not everyone understands how it should be achieved properly.
With that said, taking a page from the book of successful entrepreneurs and instilling values that launched them to the pinnacle of success may be your best option. Also, children learn better with examples, so it may be high time for you to try to cultivate these values in yourself, too.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.