Raising Entrepreneurs

I reconnected with some dear friends this week via email. They were my neighbors, just down the street in my home town of Sunrise, MN. It was so nice to catch up with them and be reminded of things from a long time ago. I began thinking of how our families were different in one particular way and how that impacted our lives.

There were five kids in their family and four in mine. As near as I can tell, two of their five kids have started businesses that continue to this day. In my family, none…yet. This is neither good or bad, it just is, and it made me wonder why.

Why did two of this family’s children become entrepreneurs and zero from my family? I think this is the reason. Their parents were entrepreneurs and mine were not. Very basic, but it is clear. My dad was a carpenter and a pastor. In my neighbors’ home, the dad ran a business started by his dad, he and his wife owned a restaurant, and they also owned their own catering business.

The best way to raise entrepreneurial kids is to be one yourself. That is my conclusion. I have seen it in many other areas too. In fact I just listened to a podcast this week that proved this theory again. A young lady grew up in a home where the parents were business owners. She is proud of the fact that she has never worked a “real job” in her entire life, yet she started a business that has impacted millions of people.

Now I learned a ton from my parents. I learned many skills in carpentry and construction. My folks taught me the value of a hard day’s work, and the value of contributing to the needs of others. I learned how to serve without getting something in return. That is just the beginning of what I learned from my own hard-working parents. What I didn’t learn from them was the thrill and anticipation of starting my own business and how that works. That sort of showed up on its own in my life.

You may or may not have kids of your own yet. Maybe you didn’t grow up in a home where entrepreneurship was an example, but you can still learn valuable tips from others that have.

You may be the first Entrepreneur in your family.

That’s a good thing! Be the one to get things going. It’s what I hope for my own family, as I work on my business. I want my children to be empowered to make their own way, and not dependent on someone else for a job. It’s not an easy life, but it is rewarding, and the potential for freedom is much greater.

The most Important thing you can do is Start!

This is the hardest part. Many people have ideas, few take action. It’s those few that have the opportunity to change the world with their idea. To provide goods and services that people want, need, and will pay for. To be the one that decides where their time is spent without having to request time off, or get approval for a new business move. Get started!! Today!

Not all Businesses will Thrive and that’s OK.

As I recall, the restaurant business that my neighbors owned was a ton of work and that it never became exactly what they had envisioned. I do remember that they had incredible food and that people loved the place. Their children worked in the business, were proud of their parents and were inspired to take their own risks and build their own businesses later in life.

So, while you may not have kids of your own, yet, there are many good reasons to start your own business. It looks great on a resume. You will learn things that you just won’t find in a traditional education. It will force you to be resourceful.  It is a very good way to build wealth, and it may be one of the best ways for you to truly make a difference in the world. I encourage you to take get started today!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!