These Kids Can Teach You A Lesson Or Two About Startups
Remember the time when we were kids? Childhood was all about simplicity and whatever we learned in childhood can never be taken away from us. Children have been proven to be the most curious individuals. Imagine yourself at the age of 5, when you wanted to know about everything, about why the grass was green? Why was the sky blue? That “why?” made us think, isn’t that what we require in our organization as well? It’s the answer to that “why?” that unfolds various layers and opens up new dimensions. Kids teach us various lessons that can help us succeed in our business, so, let’s try to analyze these lessons.
It can be a simple thing like selling embroidered handkerchiefs, decorated diaries or even lemonade. Simplicity is a virtue that not everyone can master. It’s not rocket science, we all are good at something and it’s just harnessing our capability for optimum results.
For instance, the 11-year-old Mikaila, the owner of Me & the Bees Lemonade, that was previously known as BeeSweet Lemonade, didn’t start off with something fancy. She took a simple idea of a lemonade stall that would quench every man’s thirst and transformed it into a business and today, she makes money that most men don’t make in their entire life. Ulmer took inspiration from her grandmother’s sugar-free recipe, which used honey as a natural sweetener and started her company when she was just four years old. As time passed, her small venture culminated into a big one and today, she has managed to ink in an $11 million distribution deal with Whole Foods.
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One closed door opens several others:
As kids, we did everything we thought was right. We never stopped trying, whether it was getting the solution to a cube or a crossword, NO was never the option. Perseverance and patience test us time and again and the challenge is to be bold, as there are no shortcuts to success. The ladder of excellence is infinite. Napoleon Hill says “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
When Moziah “Mo” Bridges were 12 years old, went to compete on the show Shark Tank, he was passed on by all five investors for his bowtie enterprise Mo’s Bows. But he didn’t give up, instead, he persisted and today, his business has grown stronger than he had expected. Moreover, he plans about having his own clothing line and despite the show not being a success for him; he did find his mentor, Daymond John, the fellow shark from the show. So, we may face many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
Find your buddy:
Having a social circle of like-minded people, the expansion of that circle and finding common ground on the basis of our liking plays a very important role in life. The same applies to an enterprise, having a buddy or a partner, someone to fall back on, someone you know would help you in thickest of situations, provides a safe haven. It keeps you motivated and allows social facilitation to take place. That partner could be anyone a friend, a parent, a cousin, etc. The focus here is to have someone that complements you and helps you do things that you can’t do by yourself.
10-year-old Jeremiah and 7-year-old Joshua West, who run an education business- Champions of Change have been with each other since they started to pen their book and attend speaking gigs. Another example would be 8-year-old Kiowa Kavovit’s paint and Bandage Company- ‘Boo Boo Goo’, for which her partner was her very own dad. He helped her harness her capabilities and bring out the real hero hidden in her.
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If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs, so do it if it pleases you, don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. Just go for it
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