3 POWERFUL LESSONS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CARRY TO ADULTHOOD by J. Loren Norris

 

 

 

3 POWERFUL LESSONS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CARRY TO ADULTHOOD by J. Loren Norris

 

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    "I believe leaders need to teach entrepreneurs to be go getters, customer centric and truly independent again. Not just how to complete a resume and W-4 form along with their I-9." ~J Loren Norris

 

WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG AND HUNGRY ENTREPRENEURS GONE?

 

WHAT IMPACT IS THAT HAVING ON SOCIETY?

 

When you hear talks and presentations from the last generation or two it is not uncommon for them to mention their first “job”. In fact many of them talk about how they earned money on their own before they were teenagers. That entrepreneurial spirit seems to be fading. What goes with it?

 

Here are three things I believe inspire and are motivated by entrepreneurialism which are hard to teach or train any other way.

 

1. SELF DISCIPLINE The desire to have your own money and the options of how to spend it motivate kids and adults alike. From the old stories of house wives who would sew a few dollars at a time into the hem of a dress so they could run away of the must to the kids who hid money in their shoes so of the school yard bully accosted them for milk money, the still had a stash - a few extra bucks hidden away is always a good thing. People who recognize this reality will go to great lengths to make sure they attain those bucks. Babysitters, newspaper delivery boys, lawn mowers, laundry folders have been a staple of American childhood for decades. All of those require discipline simply show up for the work.

 

2. CUSTOMER SERVICE FOCUS Early on the junior self employed realize that sloppy work and rude behavior means less opportunity. Doing what the customer wants done, they way they want it done is critical. Those of us who started very young (I was seven when I started mowing lawns) learned that arguing with the person who holds the purse makes you sweaty and yet still broke.

 

3. TRUE INDEPENDENCE Freedom is nice. The freedom to come and go as you plead. The freedom to play whenever you want. The freedom to do nothing if you choose. Nice. But it’s hard to enjoy any of those freedoms if you don’t have money or parents willing to give you money to spend frivolously.