My daughter who just turned 13 came up to me a while ago and stated she was ready to make money. Our neighborhood is small in size, surrounded by commercial and retail stores, and doesn’t have many kids left in it..they’ve all moved up to High School or recently graduated.
We went through various ideas on ways a young girl could start her own business, dog walking service, babysitting,..in the area where we live it seems about the extent of services she could provide but, there isn’t a market for it.
She is very independent, a self starter, passionate and dedicated. A leader without a doubt. She’s good with saving money, and she is ambitious, some pretty awesome qualities for a young lady! She’s explored several different ideas and I have no doubt in my mind that this girl will eventually think of the right idea for her and will do very well.
I, myself, have spoken to a few people about her aspirations to become an Engineer and her hard work ethic, as well as her incredible desire to be accepted into IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy). She’s hopeful she has a chance as a student who is has been accepted for the past 3 years into the IMSA Fusion Program as well as the Gifted Science program and we have been trying to find something she can do, as a 13 year year old girl that is her “own” and may help her with her future plans and goals.
You may be curious how Entrepreneurship and Engineering go together, or at least I was. I found several articles written about how Engineers can be great entrepreneurs. Proof of great companies that were led by engineers..Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Larry Page from Google, just to name a few! I was very impressed with the story of Matt Wilson who
an active member of the IET, working on local committees and mentoring a number of new engineers in his area. He is an IET Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador, going to schools to get children interested in STEM subjects. You can read more about him on businesscasestudies.co.uk
We were also able to find out about these young successful Entrepreneurs:
Check out some of these “Big Thinkers“..all teenage Entrepreneurs who are doing business and making some big money! They all made a fortune before they were 18!
There were the two 13 year old boys, Jordan Casey and Puck Meerburg who seemed to really WOW those who attended The Next Web Conference Europe 2013
Another young Entrepreneur you may have heard of is Lane Sutton. He became an entrepreneur at the young age of 5! Yes, I said 5 years old! Now at the age of 16, he has an impressive history of speaking and working with some top name companies and agencies!
And we certainly can’t leave out Catherine and David Cook! As it expanded, myYearbook left the high school realm and was ultimately sold to social networking site Quepasa for $100 million in cash and stock and renamed MeetMe, a site that attracts advertisers including Neutrogena, ABC and Walt Disney.
So why would I post something like this on the “Lovin’ Life Fitness and Wellness” blog. I hope you aren’t really asking that. But, if you are, it’s because we all need to have dreams. BIG dreams. We need to know that it’s possible to make those dreams come true and how to go about achieving them. If you aren’t growing, you’re dying. We all have to have SOMETHING to go after or we can’t be happy. Growth and Contribution. Two of the human needs.
The daughter I am speaking about, some…MANY have heard me refer to her as “my firecracker” because she is THAT passionate. When people have dreams, especially our children, we should listen to them. Investigate with them..and maybe, just maybe GROW with them.
“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” – George Washington Carver
So, here’s to the dreamers! The ones who haven’t heard, “That’s impossible!” enough times they’ve started to believe it, yet. The ones who haven’t developed the fears some of the adults have, and to the ones who BELIEVE and WILL make it happen…because they can!