Children have some pretty interesting perspectives on life. For those of us that are parents, we are given the responsibility of teaching our children life’s lessons. But, if there is one thing that I’ve realized since becoming a parent, it is that adults can actually learn a lot from children.
Here are 4 lessons on success that my twin 6 year old daughters have taught me over the years:
1. Set Big Dreams
Remember when you were a kid, people would always ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and you would reply with a huge, sometimes far-reaching career goal? Well, as a kid, there is no such thing as “dreaming too big”. When they decide they want to be, or do something, you better believe that they believe 100%, without a shadow of doubt, that they will make it happen. What if we carried those same beliefs over into our adult lives? Why do we let fear and doubt creep in when we’re older. Try to get back that old, childlike belief system and go after your goals boldly and fearlessly.
2. Negotiate For What You Want
My youngest daughter is the Queen of negotiating. No matter what offer I put on the table, she always has a rebuttal that would sweeten the pot in her favor. While most times I shut her down and revert her back to the original “deal,” I can admire the fact that she at least knows how to ask for what she wants. In business, things are no different. Just because an offer is on the table doesn’t mean it is final. The art of negotiation is a skill that you will most definitely need to acquire. Yes, it will require you to be bold and confident enough to voice your opinions, but it is worth it. You want to make sure you are getting deals that are fair and worth your while.
3. You Can’t Let One No Stop You
Why is it that the word “no” to a kid is not always a concrete no? Sometimes they’ll ask the same question again and again, even though they’ve already been shut down. While it’s probably not a good idea to try that tactic, the lesson to be learned here is that one No does not have to be an end all, be all. Let’s say you get rejected by a bank for a loan, or you have a proposal get rejected. Those are not reasons to give up. You may not have gotten to your destination as fast or as easy as you would have liked, but it only means you need to figure out another route to get there.
4. If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying
I’m always amazed at my oldest daughter for her ability to keep trying, even when something does not come easy to her. She just keeps pushing on until she figures it out. As a business owner, you cannot be derailed if you fail…it’s all a part of the process. The path to success is not always an easy one. You will fail, and fail again. But, the only way to finally achieve success is to pick yourself up and try again every single time. Always remember, failure is your greatest teacher.
What are some other lessons you’ve learned from a child, whether yours or someone else’s, that can be applied to your business, or life in general? Please leave a comment below.
To Your Prosperity and Success,
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