(By Drew Hendricks)
“Entrepreneurs are leaders by nature, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re always the ones organizing the recess tag games or are uber social. Leadership attributes come in many shades, and reserved or even seemingly shy children can also be natural leaders. Does your child tend to follow the pack, or does she blaze her own trails? This might be an early sign of the entrepreneurial spirit at work“.
In South Korea, the first birthday of a child is a very special event: It’s where the Doljabi ceremony takes place. Traditionally, this predicts the child’s future with a strong emphasis on his or her career path. The specifics of the ceremony can be modified, but it’s important to include a diverse mix of Doljabi items. Whatever item the child grabs first from a plate indicates their future career, for example a paintbrush means they’ll be an artist, a magnifying glass a scientist, or won (money) means they’ll make a lot of money.
Obviously, the parents really encourage their child to choose whatever they consider the “best” Doljabi item, which is often money, books (to become a scholar) or other serious pursuits. While today the ceremony is mostly just for tradition and a bit of fun, the South Koreans are really making a showcase over something every parent wonders about. What will your child be when they grow up?
You don’t need a Doljabi ceremony to figure out the tell tale signs that your child may bemade to be an entrepreneur. Here are six signs you might want to encourage that path.
Entrepreneurs are leaders by nature, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re always the ones organizing the recess tag games or are uber social. Leadership attributes come in many shades, and reserved or even seemingly shy children can also be natural leaders. Does your child tend to follow the pack, or does she blaze her own trails? This might be an early sign of the entrepreneurial spirit at work.
- There’s a fine line between being a daredevil for the heck of it and taking risks after assessing the possible outcomes. If your child has a flair for taking risks, but you can also see elements of them learning to weigh the pros and cons, that’s a sign of an entrepreneur. Nobody built a successful company by playing it safe, but they also didn’t build it by making foolish leaps of faith.
- Don’t worry if your child is the only one who doesn’t adamantly want to be a pilot, firefighter, or even a princess. It’s natural for humans to want to pigeonhole themselves to find out where they “fit in,” but entrepreneurs often don’t seek this out because they want to break the mold and define their own place in society. If your child comes up short when writing their “what I want to be when I grow up” essay, that might be a good sign.
- This probably drives you mad since “because I said so” is never going to fly with a future entrepreneur. Founders of companies question the status quo, challenge the notion of “that’s the way it’s always been done” and are truly curious about other paths. Many entrepreneurs fill a disparity they see that nobody else has questioned.
- Entrepreneurs have drive and ambition to spare, so you rarely have to check that they did their homework, encourage them to sign up for more extra-curricular activities, or worry about them goofing off. Of course, they’re still kids so they might have the occasional mixup, but for the most part you just don’t get what other parents are complaining about.
If you don’t have to try much at all to get your kids out of bed in the morning, they’re already naturally attuned to the life of an entrepreneur. Studies show morning people are naturally more successful.
Still not sure? Maybe a Doljabi ceremony might be in order after all.