What do you think about the concept of teaching entrepreneurship? Most people tend to fall into one of two categories. Some say "you're born with 'it'" and that "you cannot teach 'it'" - 'it' being this kind of entrepreneurial X-factor. But there are also plenty of people who oppose this view and believe that entrepreneurship can be 'taught'. In fact, I increasingly come across individuals and schemes that claim to be able to 'teach' entrepreneurship. This concept utterly intrigues me. Why? Because we begin to touch on some fundamental issues in our society and how people learn things.
One of the most viewed TED Talks is Sir Ken Robinson's How Schools Kill Creativity. He performed it back in 2006 and it is well worth a watch if you're not one of the 40 million who already have. It is a brilliant piece which...
I'd like to start by drawing your attention to an article I came across on LinkedIn which James Caan posted recently on entrepreneurship. The post outlines some of the barriers facing people who are not "born with the ability to be an entrepreneur" when starting their own business and offers some wise words. I agree that most people prefer a secure job offering a regular salary and that these people struggle to find the confidence to take the leap over to the 'other side'. Taken from top of the article:
I am a huge advocate of the entrepreneurial messages and characteristics that you are driving. I think it is a fantastic idea to instil the idea of entrepreneurship into children from a young age. This is a great way to open children up to the idea of not always following conventional paths and giving them the belief and confidence from an early age to pursue their own creative business ideas and ventures.
James Caan, CBE – entrepreneur and former Dragon
The Clever Tykes series are such a wonderful way to introduce ‘enterprise’ to children from a young age – I can’t recommend them highly enough, and strongly urge parents to read along with their child as there is no doubt the stories will stimulate lots of questions and interest!
Lorraine Allman, Author and Founder of Enterprising Child
I found Walk-it Willow easy to read and full of lovely messages that children can take from it. It touched on taking responsibility, problem solving, admitting mistakes and also the work it takes to run a small business. Willow is entertaining but very human. A lovely story.
Naomi Richards, The Kids Coach, parent and life coach for children