Many people’s personalities are not suited to a work style that is structured by time or the same task over and over all day long. Todays’ work place is ever changing; jobs that currently exist will most likely be gone by the time our children get there. It is therefore important to teach children to think outside the box.
Start as early as possible
The brain develops more rapidly during the first five years of life than any other time. Play is an excellent time to teach and encourage children to figure things out on their own.
Toys that require problem solving, such as taking apart and putting pieces back together; finding shapes that go into one another and puzzles , help to develop skills early in life that require independent thinking.
Challenge your children
Don’t always answer your children’s questions directly. Encourage them to ask why and to solve things on their own and use their brains. I they act like they can’t be bothered give them an incentive, such as money, so they will stick with it. These methods teach children to get into the habit of thinking on their feet and to naturally figure things out.
Be open to new experiences
Let your children try classes and lessons in things that may peak their interest. Even though these talents may not get used in later life they still help to develop the brain’s ability to process more complex tasks effectively.
Be supportive while your children seek out new opportunities. This builds their self-confidence which in turn will help them to trust their own instincts; as they see fit to embrace new opportunities.
Let children earn their allowance
Give children chores to do around the house, suited to their age level, to earn money. Encourage children to do as much as they are able to for themselves. Fight the need to always do for your children. This fosters industriousness as well as accomplishment.
As children get older you can ask them to point out problems that people face every day and ways to solve these difficulties. This can lead to thinking about ideas for a new business; you can then encourage them to come up with a business plan. This technique teaches kids to think about making money off their passion.
Optimism and innovation
As a parent modeling optimism is crucial to developing the entrepreneurial spirit in children. Teaching and demonstrating a positive attitude towards problem solving helps children to be this way also. Let children come up with their own answers in order to emphasize critical thinking skills and creativity.
Make sure to encourage an atmosphere where failure is tolerated. In order to be successful children must realize that experimentation is the key to innovation and many times leads to failure.
Nurture likeability and empathy
Parents play a major part in fostering likeability in children. Modeling and teaching the art of diplomacy helps children to learn how to get along with others. Parents can help children acquire the abilities needed to negotiate conflict without being disagreeable. Communication skills as well as compassion and empathy are vital to an entrepreneur’s success. Children will definitely pick up on all these qualities as parents influence them by their own actions toward others.