The first steps in the life of an entrepreneur ...


Prof. Alexandre Nabil Ghobril e Prof. Marcos Antonio Franklin

According to a survey by journalist Juliana Falcão, from the land portal, a small businessman, Henry Patterson, just 9 years old, now has three businesses. He started the business life selling fertilizer on eBay. He then went on to buy and resell products at a store near his home in Bedford, England. And the boy's newest endeavor is the sale of candy for children. It's "Not Before Tea" and the return has been a success.


Henry relied on his parents' help, but he was in charge of designing the logo, designing the marketing strategy, and packaging the products. Henry's case is not unique. Historically, those who begin to undertake very early tend not to stop creating new projects. Some scholars compare this behavior to an 'entrepreneurial virus'.


With an eye on the potential of children, Brazil has developed several projects to stimulate entrepreneurship in primary and secondary education. One of his enthusiasts is Professor Fernando Dolabela, who helped implement his "entrepreneurial pedagogy" in hundreds of municipal schools. A project that deserves to be highlighted is that of the City Hall of São José dos Campos, which has periodically promoted a fair for the exhibition of projects created by elementary school students, 'Empreende 2017'. In this event were presented 149 works developed by the students of the 6th to 9th year of the municipal education network, and is part of the entrepreneurship program.


In fact, all people have the potential to undertake. It is born for some, but can be stimulated and developed in others. It stands to reason that some people have a greater ability to see opportunities and turn them into business. But this is a result not only of the innate entrepreneurial skills, but of the environment in which it is inserted (family, culture, references, experiences).


If the child naturally goes in the direction of creating and undertaking it is because this is his natural vocation, something pleasant and gratifying for her. This has nothing to do with forced child labor to help with family expenses. As such, parents are key in stimulating the entrepreneurship of their children. They should show their heirs the value of work, the importance of striving and striving to achieve their goals, intelligent (not coercive) discipline, the importance of dreaming big, and the examples and rewards of those who 'make a difference' .


Travel with children to places with different cultures, stimulate work on vacations and limit the amount of allowance, so that the child learns to value money and work and wants to pursue their own independence.


Finally, the school can also do its part by proposing activities (generating solutions for local waste recycling, producing a school newspaper or a competition of robots) that value creativity and the solution of real problems, which will be useful whatever be the professional path of the student and why not! The development of society!