As parents, many of us grew up in the spirit of industrialization. Our public schools are still modeled after this age, with the goal to produce children with well-rounded skills and the capacity to be employees in various industries.
But, times are changing. We now live in the digital information age, and schools are playing catchup. With more technology at hand, less factory workers are needed. And for those whose goal is higher education, the college degree is increasingly more expensive, yet less valuable in the job market.
Information is now more readily available than ever. Instead of the ability to recall facts and figures, employers are placing more value on resourcefulness. They want individuals who can find information, adapt to change quickly, and get things done without instruction. This is a very different goal than our schools place emphasis on, with their restrictive curriculum and standardized tests, which stress memorization over creativity.
What can you do about it? Of course, not every child is going to grow up to be an entrepreneur or own their own business, but that shouldn’t hold you back from instilling the entrepreneurial spirit in your children.
These are some hallmark traits of the entrepreneurial spirit that are of great value:
- Takes Risks
These skills and traits can serve our kids in whatever profession they choose in life.
I’m not advocating that you try to change your child’s personality, but that you take a look at what you are teaching your children about the world around us, and how they should approach the job market; Not as mindless drones who do work, but as having the ability to add something valuable to the workplace that wasn’t there before.
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