Today, it’s more valuable than ever to either be an entrepreneur or to have entrepreneurial tendencies. Therefore, it’s essential to help our kids learn to think more like entrepreneurs. That way, even if they pursue a formal career, they will be more adaptable to unexpected challenges and emerging opportunities.
So, let’s explore seven of the best books for raising kids to become entrepreneurs.
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1. RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World by David Epstein
Many parents believe the key to success in life is to specialize early. They try to help their kids get a head start by identifying a promising opportunity and then focusing all their time and effort on developing relevant skills. For them, the idea of changing from one opportunity to another is associated with wasting time and effort.
Range by David Epstein is about the many benefits of diverse life experiences. It explains how engaging in a “sampling period” prior to specialization helps kids identify attractive opportunities, develop problem-solving skills, and boost their overall creativity. Needless to say, each of these things can be beneficial for raising young entrepreneurs.
2. A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger
There has never been an easier time to find answers to common everyday questions. However, much of the life of an entrepreneur is about discovering powerful questions that nobody else is asking or answering. Such questions can serve as the spark for a new product, service, or an entire business.
A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger is about the power of asking better and more thought-provoking questions. It provides tips for digging beneath the surface of a challenge or opportunity to discover new possibilities. It’s a must-read for parents looking to nurture the curiosity and imagination of their children.
3. MINDSET: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
People often set artificial limitations on their skills and abilities. For example, deep down, they may believe that we will never be good at creative writing, public speaking, or leading other people. In some cases, they reach these conclusions based on one or two initial attempts that didn’t go as planned or ended in a negative experience.
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck is about how to unlock a child’s full potential by helping them maintain a growth mindset. So, rather than assuming their abilities are static or fixed, they can discover their capacity to unlock new skills and capabilities through focused effort. Naturally, this approach can better prepare them for the unpredictable life of an entrepreneur.
4. GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Some people seem to make better use of their abilities and opportunities in life. They work hard, put in extra effort, and find ways to overcome complex challenges. Naturally, this begs the question, “what causes some people to push themselves further while others fall short of their full potential?”
Grit by Angela Duckworth explains how top performers are driven by a unique blend of passion and perseverance. It goes on to explain how, as parents, we can help our kids develop these traits at various stages of their life. In doing so, we can increase the odds that they will realize their full potential and follow through on their life goals.
5. THE SERENDIPITY MINDSET: The Art And Science Of Creating Good Luck by Christian Busch
Success in life comes down to a combination of luck and hard work. However, luck is often seen as a blind and uncontrollable factor in our lives. We either have, or we don’t. As a result, it can be tempting to either spend our time waiting for luck to strike or to assume it never will.
The Serendipity Mindset by Christian Busch is about the art and science of creating good luck. It’s a practical guide to setting up the right conditions for serendipity to occur and being ready to capitalize on it. So, while we cannot control specific outcomes for our children, we can help them create the conditions for exciting opportunities to appear and ensure they are ready to act on them.
6. PEAK: Secrets From The New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
Entrepreneurs often end up juggling many roles and responsibilities. Therefore, it’s critical that they develop the ability to quickly master new skills and knowledge. That way, they can more easily adapt to new challenges and exciting opportunities.
Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool is about the science behind acquiring new skills. It explains the remarkable adaptability of the human brain and how anyone can learn new capabilities through focused, deliberate practice. It also covers detailed tips and advice that anyone can use to learn new things faster and more effectively.
7. TINY HABITS: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg
While the life of an entrepreneur is often characterized as being chaotic, their success is often aided by strong personal habits. For example, setting aside time for reading, writing, or journaling. These kinds of routines provide a sense of structure in an otherwise unstructured life, and they effectively automate valuable activities.
Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg explains how to create positive habits and break bad ones. It’s a detailed guide for anyone looking to build a better routine for themselves. In my opinion, having the ability to intentionally modify our habits is one of the most valuable life skills that anyone can develop, especially entrepreneurs.
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