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6 ways to encourage entrepreneurship in children

With these suggestions your children will have a better job performance and the foundations to undertake when they grow up.

This article was translated from our Spanish edition. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Today, companies are looking for better trained professionals capable of facing any challenge that may arise in the world of work. They expect them to have the tenacity to lead projects, with highly advanced soft skills and execute increasingly complex processes. And the best way to develop them is from childhood, as it will help them to be prepared to join the world of work.

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Human beings learn more by example, and by allowing others to live their own experiences. These qualities are inherent in education. As we know, family and social environments, as well as formal education, are essential to create people who know how to fend for themselves.

In many cultures until the last century, the search for an apparent sense of security with respect to work, based on a career for decades in one place, was encouraged, but this no longer exists in any country in the world. That is why it is essential to instill in children some pillars that stimulate the entrepreneurial profile. Here are six of them that will help today's infants be empowered, resourceful, bold, and autonomous adults in the future.

1. Responsibility

The ability to respond to changes, flexibility, assuming commitment and identification with tasks and the fulfillment of life and work goals that are assumed in the future, can be trained from children. Help them to develop tasks according to their age, and to incorporate the collaborative spirit so that they observe how others do it, helping each other.

2. Emotional intelligence

Above all, in the management of interpersonal relationships it is important to work on the primary human values, such as kindness, empathy and solidarity, to help them incorporate tools for coping with the problems they will encounter in the future. Intellectual knowledge is only one part: it stimulates the development of a balanced and healthy emotionality.

3. Organization

Another entrepreneurial pillar that can be encouraged from a young age is related to the skills of managing diverse projects at the same time, establishing priorities between urgent and important, and giving an organizational sense to things. A simple repeated fact, such as teaching how to order the room or its school supplies, will contribute to the fact that as adults they have the necessary organizational base to undertake with better chances.

4. Decision making

Depending on age, adults make many choices that children might make. The key is to help them decide based on their own judgment and the choice of opportunity, convenience, and cooperation involved in doing it properly. If you give them everything served, they will be useless adults in this strategic aspect.  

5. Allow mistakes

In the adult world, failure is still penalized today. However, it is the best school of life we have. We learn from error. Helping to overcome disappointment and frustration, and teaching them to resignify it by giving it a new meaning as continuous learning, are keys to carry out the emotional development they need.

6. Stimulate innovative potential

By beliefs and paradigms anchored in their own limitations, many adults cut the creative and innovative roots of children. Stimulating them will have a great effect as entrepreneurs of the future, since it will allow them to know the bases of strategy, negotiation, public speaking, interact with different types of people and make decisions in accordance with the objectives that are being raised.

Here the key is to help them grow with a framework of freedom, where the innate wisdom that infants have is stimulated, which will allow them to explore alternatives before each new learning step. In doing so, they will grow up as the innovative beings that, in essence, all children are.