Being a Mum of “switched on” teens can be challenging – particularly when you are working with organisations that just don’t get our youngsters are the key to the future.
So here’s my question – do you nurture your up and coming stars – or are you bound by “rules and regulations”?
Here’s my challenge, one of my youngsters was really keen to get involved in an enterprise that would allow them to create a recurring income stream that would, supposedly, last forever. Yes, the system requires the ‘authorised person’ to be 18… I’m cool with that, it’s a legal thing and I’m prepared to enter into the agreement based on the fact that I’m the ‘front person’ and my teen will be the one who learns the system, presentations, benefits etc. Essentially, I’m there as a coach…
Great stuff! Having been involved in a number of systems; this isn’t an issue – training is offered to the parties interested in the system and generally, all parties are welcomed – after all, you’re growing awareness and ensuring everyone is party to the correct system.
I’m a massive advocate of young people who “want to change the world”. Anyone who is interested enough to learn a system, promote the products and the system should be given the opportunity to do so – as long as they have an adult who can coach / mentor them. By all means, make it a condition of attending training that the Adult must be present – but why would you destroy the enthusiasm of your up and coming business builders by saying “you’re not 18, you can’t attend”.
For heavens sake! This young person is exactly the type of person you want in your business – let’s look at some examples of young people who have done really well, despite ‘the rules’.
Jeremy is my daugthers’ age!
Jeremy’s company, GlowBored, has provided PR services for various large national touring theatre shows, including “Legally Blonde” and “Annie.” This year, he’s heading on tour with the Miranda Sings Australian Tour, as the outfit’s national publicist.
GettBusy is business venture number five for Jeffery. And as for most entrepreneurs who really done got busy, his success is no lucky occurrence: it’s the fruit of a greater plan to rock the business world.
Brandon co-founded Crazy Dog Apps because “not turning at least some of my app ideas into reality was not an option.” Now, at 19, he is a sole owner of one of only 364 Aussie app development companies.
What about all the other Young Entrepreneurs?
Violent Lips was created by entertainment industry veteran Jeff Haddad and his daughters Isabella and Sophia. At 13 years old, Isabella Haddad and her sister were playing with their mom’s temporary Chanel tattoos when she affixed them to her lips. Just like that, the idea for temporary lip art was born as Isabella and her family set out to create FDA approved, cosmetic grade lip appliques. Fast-forward two years later and her company, Violent Lips is one of the fastest growing trends in beauty – being hailed as the “Future of Lipstick” by Allure Magazine.
Or the other Entrepreneurs Who Made A Fortune Before They Were 18?
My goodness, what if their parents or they paid attention to the system that said they ‘had to be 18’?
What amazes me are the number ‘systems’ that restrict access to their training to those who are 18 and over. Are you kidding me? If these “kids” are driving the business you’ve invested in, they’re going to be one of your best recruits – they’ll be “indoctrinated” into the system and they’ll know how to sell it, present it and grow it – WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?
Mentor them in and support now
If you want an absolutely kick ass business – mentor the youngsters in. Show them how the business really works, teach them the system – they’ll hit the ground running…
Of course, you could tell them you’re not interested in dealing with them until they’re 18 because “the rules” say you can’t – do you reckon they’ll want to be in your business and helping you when they do turn 18? Or will they go with the guys who have provided the support and mentoring?
What about the parents who agree they’ll be the front person but are told that only they can turn up for the training etc? Do you really think you’ll have the dedicated team you want?
Get Over Yourself
If you reckon you’re all that great, then prove it! Work out how to mentor youngsters through their formative years and become “all they can be”.