Business lessons for kids

Holidays and bedtime stories can be an opportunity to nurture children's instinctive entrepreneurialism, says Faisal Butt.

by Faisal Butt

Boisterous and unruly. Infinitely curious and serially risk-taking. They do first, ask for permission later. They’re always pushing boundaries, have abysmally poor hygiene, and are constantly in need of more and more cash. Children (ha – I had you fooled) are innately entrepreneurial. Why is this spirit muffled and muted as they grow older? The way I see it, every child is born a ‘million dollar baby’ with millionaire potential, and then for one reason or another their can-do entrepreneurial mojo is tempered out of them. Something’s gotta change.

Venice Beach Surprise

It may be that I inhaled too much California air this summer, but I’ve returned with a new-found mission to nurture this raw entrepreneurial instinct in my two little ones, Jasmine (eight and a half) and Noah (four).

While staying at a ramshackle Venice beach-hut we had found on airbnb, my wife discovered a children’s comic book version of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ on the host’s dusty bookshelf. I had enjoyed the wealth creation classic by Robert Kiyosaki in my early twenties when first embarking on my journey to make it in the business world. 

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