When you are a mom, your role is to teach your kids valuable life lessons. But sometimes, the tables turn. Here are 5 valuable lessons mothers can learn from their kids to grow their business.
1. Question Everything Again And Again
Growing up, kids experience a lot of things for the first time, so they ask questions in order to learn from those 'first-time' moments. The same principle applies to any new business. Once you start, there will be a lot of different challenges you have not faced before, therefore, it is okay to question every little detail that you don't understand or have not experienced yet.
Sometimes kids can repeat the same question hundreds of times. Julie Wright, co-author of the book “Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma”, explains that “They do it to take in information and learn; repetition is how they study everything.” And that’s something you can use. Simply repeat the question you have asked before to ensure that it is clear in your mind. Kids see no shame in asking the same question twice and neither should you.
2. Express Your Ideas Loud
When children come up with an idea, it is the only thing they will want to talk about. They will want to share their idea with everybody they'll meet that day - neighbors, grandparents, nanny even a cashier. In their mind, it is the greatest idea ever so everybody should know about it! In the same way, your business should be your pride and joy. Don't just keep it to yourself - share it.
As for a grown-up, telling every stranger you meet on the street about your business will not be as effective as promoting it online. The first thing to do is to create a website and explain what you have to offer. Experts of one of the leading web hosting companies in the industry, Hostinger claim that you can create a website in minutes, not days, so don’t put it off until tomorrow, do it today.
3. Celebrate Every Little Victory
For a kid, every little success is worth celebrating. As people grow up, they forget to celebrate every little moment in life and only pay attention whenever they reach a big goal. With time, goals get bigger and perhaps longer to reach, so adults celebrate less and less.
When starting a new challenge, such as a business, you should find your inner child and celebrate every little victory. It is essential to understand that your business will not skyrocket in the first few days or months. To stay motivated, you must notice and celebrate those daily triumphs, even if they seem insignificant.
4. It’s Ok To Ask For Help
Kids are explorers. They try to learn and do everything on their own. But there are situations when they cannot do it alone, so they ask adults for help. It is easier to learn to ride a bike when there is someone that can help to keep the balance. Adults are willing to help, because they already faced those challenges before, and know the best way to overcome them. The same goes for any business.
If you face a new challenge, it is very likely that someone has already overcome it. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help and you can even do it online. Most question-and-answer platforms are transparent about the people that give advice which builds trust in the online community. For example, according to Quora, Darius Grigorjevas is the most viewed writer in the web hosting community at the moment. Darius is the Head of Customer Success at Hostinger, which shows that you can trust the answers you get online when they came from professionals such as Darius.
5. Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight
Imagine if children would stop trying everything after their first failure. How much would they improve then? New York University released a research article, which states that 12 to 19-month-olds toddlers made 2,368 steps on average and 17 falls per hour. For kids, it’s normal to get up every time they fall. The same principle should apply to adults - sometimes you have to fall in order to be able to get back up again.
If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. So accept every failure as a lesson and use it to improve yourself and your business. It is very likely that you will fail multiple times, in those situations remember the way a child learns to walk. The most important part of the process is to keep trying, so once you fail, simply try again.
Children approach the world with an open mind and the same mentality can be beneficial when creating a business. The next time you face an issue, think to yourself: what would a kid do in this situation and apply the same principles. As a parent, yes, you have the role of teaching your children valuable life lessons, but there is a lot to learn from them as well.
Written by Ram Kezel, Hostinger PR coordinator.