Wikipedia defines Entrepreneurship as the "capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit”. While it’s true that any business must make a profit in order to enable the owner to continue to operate and make their mark on the world, I believe the greatest gift of Entrepreneurship is the ability it gives the creator to make a life. To me, being an entrepreneur has meant that I could take the time to spend a month at the hospital with my dying father, take my daughter to check out her new digs at university on a Thursday morning, and rearrange my day when my son developed a mystery rash on a Friday. Working for myself has created the freedom that I never knew when I worked in the financial industry, tracking vacation days and commuting on the GO Train each day.
I think so many of us want our children to have a better life than we do. My life is filled with day after day of exploration, fulfilling work, wonderful people and challenges that constantly keep me on my toes. I can’t imagine how my kids could have it better than I do, but I know that I will always encourage them to do what they love, but to do it for themselves.
What is your biggest dream for your kids?