By: Krystle Crossman
There are many leaders among today’s youth. Those who go on to succeed in life generally share traits that show who they are going to become when they are older. It isn’t an exact science but when a child shows the following characteristics they have the potential to be a very successful 21st Century adult.
1. Passion: Do you notice that your child has a very strong passion for something specific? Many kids who grow up to be successful entrepreneurs tend to start early with a passion for what they want out of life. They will figure out a product that they want to create or what they want to do as an adult and begin to make that dream a reality at a very young age. For example, Moziah Bridges had a passion for bow ties as a child. He learned how to make them and at the age of 9 he started Mo’s Bows. He is now 14 years old, has been on Shark Tank, has bow ties in major retailers across the country, and even custom made a special bow tie that he got to give to President Obama in person!
2. Devotion to a cause: We all stand for something in our lives whether it is animal rights, civil rights, or basic human rights, etc. When a child shows that they are devoted to a specific cause they are likely to carry that devotion with them into adulthood. Socialist views are up and coming in today’s world and a lot of kids are jumping on board with social justice causes. They are going above and beyond and looking for ways to help people instead of making the all-mighty dollar. When a child displays more enthusiasm for the rights and well-being of others over the concept of making a lot of money, it is likely that they are going to go far in life. Asya Gonzalez is an 18-year-old who is the CEO of her own accessories company called Stinky Feet Gurlz. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization that raises awareness about child s*x trafficking around the globe.
3. They get creative: When a future leader encounters a problem you can be sure that they are going to find a creative solution. Rachel Zietz is a 15-year-old lacrosse player who didn’t like the quality or cost of the equipment that she had to use. So she decided that she was going to create new equipment and solve the problem on her own. She now owns her own lacrosse equipment company, Gladiator Lacrosse. Today’s younger generation has a lot of great technology at their fingertips and they know how to use it. They will take a problem that they may have in their lives and use their vision and technology to find very creative solutions.
4. Risky business: Children who are set to be successful adults take risks early in life. They know that there could be consequences for the risks that they take but they take them anyway. Rewards are much greater when there is at least a little risk involved and children understand this, sometimes better than adults.
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