When I agreed to stop by the playground the other day, I didn’t expect to find a young entrepreneur there.
I took my children to the playground the other day. It was a nice sunny day, we were walking home from church and the children wanted to stop by the local playground to play. Sure, why not.
When we got there, the first thing I noticed was this:
On closer inspection, I saw this:
I decided I had to interview this young lady about her stall:
Young entrepreneur: Grace
Meet Grace. She’s 10 years old and she’s selling slime.
I actually met Grace’s younger sister a year ago. While waiting in the school courtyard for my children to be let out of their classrooms, I noticed a little girl standing in the middle of the courtyard with her mum. Her mum was carrying a sign that said ‘Fundraiser’. I didn’t pay much attention then because I was watching out for my children.
When I saw my children, they ran up to me and asked if they can buy some of what the little girl was selling. I was intrigued and asked what it was. I found out the little girl was selling magnetic felts to raise money for one of my favourite charities – the Humour Foundation (Clown Doctors). It seems entrepreneurship runs in the family.
Grace has a very supportive family. I since found out that Grace’s father helped her build the stall. It is kids like Grace and her sister that inspires me to want to do more with my website. I want to create something that will encourage their young spirits and desire to give it a go. I want to help parents support and encourage their young entrepreneurs and nurture their entrepreneurial spirits for as long as possible.
My very brief encounter with this young entrepreneur has given me many ideas. More importantly, this encounter has ignited a spark in me to continue to do what I do. Inspiration and lessons come from anywhere. Today, it came from a 10-year-old girl.
Grace, thank you for sharing part of your story with me. I wish you all the very best successes for the future.
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