Encourage your kids to be curious

Parents should encourage their children to ask “how” and “why” something works. Successful entrepreneurs ask more questions than the rest of us. They are alert to their surroundings and find and fill gaps that the rest of us don’t see. Being curious about how the world works is a precursor to identifying ways to add to it. Entrepreneurs are lifelong learners – always looking for ways to improve themselves.

How to teach:

  • As children and teens, many of us were asked continually what we wanted to be when we grew up. Wrong question. “Very few of us end up to be only one thing”. The world of work lends itself to the fact that we change industries, move between professions and often end up following diverse careers. Rather, parents should give their children space to brainstorm, dream a little bit and be adventurous. Being an entrepreneur is all about ideas AND PUTTING THESE IDEAS INTO ACTIONS.
  • Encourage your kids to start new hobbies and pursue their interests – no matter how esoteric.
  • Parents should urge kids to explore their environment—and don’t let them get too comfortable with same solutions for problems. There are different ways to think about any single situation, and you don’t always have to do things the way they’ve always been done. That means urging them to ask questions constantly and develop an inquiring mind. For instance, “get them the right kind of toys—in which kids must figure out for themselves what to do. Exploration and inquiry are crucial lessons. They should study a lot of things and be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.
  • Teach kids to learn about their comfort zones and provide them with opportunities to test their own limitations and understand optimised risk taking behaviour (when it’s good and when it’s just stupid).
  • Encourage an attitude and aptitude for exploration and inquisitiveness.
  • Stimulate curiosity for technology.