I’ve been mentally volleying with this thought for several months.
We have a responsibility to engrain into our children the ideology, the premise, the purpose, and the will to work for and build for themselves.
Growing up, I was taught many valuable lessons; but the most prominent lesson was being taught to get a good job and keep it. I wasn’t taught to start my own business and create opportunities for myself. I wasn’t quite informed that when I work for another person or another company or for anyone in which the income does not come directly to me from my own efforts, I am working for someone else. My labor is benefiting someone else long before its benefiting me.
Albeit some 15 years later, I’ve realized that a stronger US starts with a stronger me, which leads to a stronger WE.
We have a responsibility to strengthen ourselves and our children which inherently strengthens our communities and our culture as a whole.
For a litany of reasons, I wanted to teach my daughter how to survive by her own means. I wanted her to know that her ability to feed and clothe herself should not hinge on whether or not someone will hire (and fire) her. I realized the best way for me to give her this experience and teach her this process was to actually perform the act and be the example.
I started a Small Business a few months ago. I came up with an idea that supports the things that she likes to do which also provides a community service component. I’ve been working at breathing life into this concept from the birth of the ideas, to the legitimizing of the entity, to the writing the business plan, to acquiring funding, etc. I’ve made her fully aware that I don’t know EVERYTHING, I didn’t know the half of what going into business ownership when I started. I’ve shown her that she doesn’t have to know everything, she just has to know what she wants to do and be willing to research the answers she needs and network with the appropriate people.
Business Ownership is not an easy feat and everyone may not be successful at it; but it entails an immeasurable reward that provides revolving benefits.