September 3rd Newsletter- Youth Entrepreneur School

This is a pretty special message for Elizabeth and I to write. We are

introducing a new business to the world and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

 

It’s called Youth Entrepreneur School.

 

This idea was born during the pandemic. We have homeschooled for six years, and just like that, it seemed like everyone was homeschooling. From the moment that happened, we were flooded with questions about how parents thrust into this can do it. But as you may have seen, the word homeschool has a million niches, approaches and ideals. 

 

We wound up getting people who loved our “deschooling, entrepreneurial way” of doing things. Interest-based learning for kids that doesn’t follow the structure of regular school because we want to raise kids who are prepared for the real world, and the real world doesn’t look anything like the structure of school. So why would we prepare them that way?

 

That being said, we still had more and more people wanting us to help them homeschool in the shape of the school recommendations and rules. It was then that it hit Elizabeth and I that we didn’t necessarily want to be in the “homeschool” space.  We want to help parents raise leaders and problem solvers through entrepreneurship, because that world is where we both learned almost all of the real life lessons that helped us succeed in business, family and relationships. 

 

It was there where the pillars of personal accountability, self-directed action, manners equals money, financial freedom and independence, emotional intelligence, goal setting and so much more were brought into my life. Personally, I didn’t learn this in school, or even in my multiple stints as an employee. It was when I entered the world of entrepreneurship and was introduced to the brilliant mentors within this space that my life did a

complete flip. 

 

And in this world where we needed to figure things out, and with mentors guiding us, so many principles and lessons that never entered my mind began flooding in. We need personal responsibility in this world more than ever. In the world of entrepreneurship, that notion is an essential component for success. I would dare to say it’s a cornerstone because without personal responsibility, everything else will not work or will crumble over time. And as we raised our children, we started teaching them, in kid language, the lessons we were learning. 

 

I wondered once again. Why didn’t I learn this when I was younger? 

 

And we heard it from parent after parent. Why aren’t our kids being taught this in school? 

 

We’d wondered that for years. And we’d studied the people like John Taylor Gatto, Robert Kiyosaki and Sir. Ken Robinson enough to know that school was designed to create factory workers who will become obedient employees, not to raise free thinking leaders. So not only do they not teach these things, but they don’t do it on purpose. 

 

So that is how Youth Entrepreneur School was born. This is the time. As a culture, we need this more than ever. We need to teach kids about money. In a world where the average American would have to borrow money to pay an unexpected $500 expense, this is long overdue. We need to show them how to have respect for themselves, and for others. We need to open the doors to the world of business and entrepreneurship, because that is the path to freedom and opportunity. 

 

So what does this look like? Elizabeth and I are now rolling out Youth Entrepreneur School- a place for parents and their children to learn from us and other families like them to guide and teach them all of the things that are not taught in school about this world but should be. We started with a founding group about two months ago, and in that time amazing ideas have been born and connections made. Together, we are going to work to raise kids to become great adults. Young adults that have learned how to build a business, how to be emotionally intelligent, how to solve problems, how to earn, manage, save, invest and give money. All of those pesky life skills like, learning about taxes, sales, how to deal with rejection, how to have an argument where everyone wins. I can go on and on.

 

Can you tell I’m excited? I hope you are as well. 

 

Together, we’re going to step up and make the future amazing for not only our kids and their future families, but our society as a whole. 

 

Youth Entrepreneur School officially opened its online doors on Tuesday, September 1st and you can sign up now for the lowest price we will ever offer! 

 

Vincent

 

Youth Entrepreneur School 

is now OPEN!

 

Apply here by clicking the link below!

 

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July 16th Newsletter- Are You Living Your Worst Case Scenario?

A friend of mine has a dilemma. 

 

He is employed, full time, in the world of insurance. The problem is, he makes good money. You might be thinking- why would making good money be a problem? The money, it turns out, keeps him stuck. He doesn’t like his job. It’s been a long time since he’s enjoyed doing the work. 

 

A quick backstory for you. He got into the insurance world twelve years ago after graduating from college. It was never intended to be a career. He had just graduated from college and with the 2008-2009 recession in full swing, it was a safe bet to get working in a safe industry and get started in the real world. 

 

He turned out to be good at it. So good, in fact, that a decade later, he was one of the best in his area. A few new additions were added to his life as well. A wife, their son and their daughter. Within the past few years  he noticed this uncomfortable feeling in his stomach regarding his career. When he started, there was the need to make a living. That was followed by the chase for success, and then the pressure to support a family and build ‘the good life’. 

 

He apparently achieved those things, but there was an emptiness he couldn’t describe. The awakening didn’t come in a lightning bolt moment. It happened over time, during the commute and while listening to different podcasts and videos that had nothing to do with insurance and more to do with business. 

 

He had a desire to build a business in a creative area that was always a hobby of his. It was actually more than a hobby. It was a passion that he put time into in the early mornings, evenings and weekends. 

 

“If I could,” he told me, “I’d do it for free.”

 

That is a great sign for starting a business or building a career off of. When you are willing to do something for free, you have made your mission about more than just money from the start. To handle the storms, challenges and the rocky waters that come with the world of entrepreneurship, it’s essential that there is a deeper passion than just money. 

 

It was impressive to watch him build this from an idea, to a basic business, to something that had momentum and the real potential to be something that could give him energy, passion and excitement. What it also potentially gave him was a solid income and potentially multiple income streams to be able to do this full time on his own terms. No boss. No commutes. No limits.

 

Unfortunately, he didn’t think it was possible. I asked him a few questions. 

 

“If you left your job on good terms, is there a good chance that you would get this job back, or one that is similar.”

 

“Oh, in a heartbeat,” he said confidently. “Not even just here. I’ve been offered better paying positions but I stayed here out of loyalty.”

 

His side business at this point was earning more than half of what his full time job paid, all while working part time hours on it. I asked him to imagine how much he could make if he was able to put in full time hours.

 

After a little more back and forth, I asked him the question that I was hoping would really open his eyes.

 

“If you went full time with your business,” I asked, “what is your worst case scenario?”

 

He gave it a good few seconds to think about it. 

 

“Worst case?, he delayed while thinking. “It doesn’t work out and I go back and and get my job back in insurance. I might even consider taking one of those other higher paying positions as well.”

 

I let the silence sit there for a few seconds. 

 

“So, at this moment” I stated, “you are currently living your worst case scenario.” 

 

His silence was deafening. Apparently, he got it. It had never crossed his mind that he is already living his worst case scenario. My friend is now on the fast track to leaving his job  and going out on his own, in a career that he is incredibly excited about and one where his income potential can dwarf his current salary. Sometimes, it’s a change in mindset that can be the catalyst in advancing a change in career. 

 

If you find yourself in a similar spot in your career. I would challenge you to ask yourself a few questions. 

 

Are you already living your worst case scenario? And if so, why aren’t you going after what you really want? 

 

Vincent