Reflections of a 40-Something Dad
Every year on my birthday I like to take a step back to reflect on life’s happenings. This year, however, I’m going to switch it up a bit. Since the Shafer…Power! blog was launched exactly one month ago today, I’d like to reflect out loud – on paper, at least – about my children’s future as it pertains to our entrepreneurial journey. Stick with me kids – I assure you this will be fun and informative.
My thoughts as follows:
- Children have a bottomless cup of energy. This is especially true when introducing them to new things. When I initially conjured up the idea of a hosting a thrift sale (followed by a coffee stand a few weeks later) they nearly ran me over to get started. I think it’s critical that we help channel this energy.
- They also have an extraordinary sense of curiosity. One of the things I like to do with them is watch YouTube video about how things are made. For example, last evening we watched a 5 minute clip on the commercial production of ice cream sandwiches. As I watched the children view the video, I noticed they were absolutely consumed by what they were seeing and hearing. Just near the end a man stated, “the machine makes 120 ice cream sandwiches per minute.” Owen couldn’t help but smile.
- I find that I value simplicity versus overexposure. Although I’ve sometimes wished my parents had introduced me to more interesting things as a child (food, art, business) there is something beautiful about keeping life simple. I know it’s easy to want the most for our children, but have you ever sat back and really watched them play? Our little girl set up shop on the patio last night and made “homemade” soup from chocolate sauce, limes, orange juice and spices. She seemed to be having the time of her life. I think enabling creativity in children – especially at this age – is just as important as them sitting in a classroom or participating in a slew of extracurricular activities.
- I think the changes in the world today are happening much more quickly than they will at any point in the near future. It’s official. I’m old. I’m pretty sure every aging person thinks the world is changing too quickly. But I’m sensing significant changes in virtually every industry across the globe. I think a deeper analysis of this statement would put us all to sleep but I can’t help but ask myself, “what sort of challenges and opportunities will this present for our children?”
- Nothing beats an all-encompassing hug. I realize this has nothing to do with entrepreneurism but you just can’t beat a big hug from the kids. In fact, I’m going to get me some now!
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