Book six in the award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …?® series, What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? now available.
Did you know Girl Scouts have an Entrepreneurship badge now? It makes sense since my first real experience selling things to make money was for the Girl Scouts when I sold cookies. My real inspiration selling the cookies door-to-door (by myself, mind you!) was not to win any sort of competition, it was to rack up enough ‘selling points’ so that I could get a binocular. Back then, the more cookies you sold, the more ‘points’ you would get to get a prize. I was hooked! As soon as I reached my goal, I sent in my orders and anxiously awaited what I thought would be a pair of accurate binoculars I could have never afforded. What I ended up getting was a dinky pair of yellow binoculars I may have been able to get from a cereal box. Nevertheless, it was a learning experience and, as shy as I was, I was proud of myself to be able to go and talk to my neighbors about buying cookies and generating revenue for the Girl Scouts. I’m not sure if at that age we had seriously talked about what being an entrepreneur means, but today we are bombarded by the word and I think it’s important to clarify the meaning of it to young children.
Readers are leaders.
First let’s use the dictionary to define entrepreneur:
noun: entrepreneur; plural noun: entrepreneurs
a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
Some word that come to mind when talking about an entrepreneur are ‘risks’, ‘determination’, ‘resilience’, and ‘courage’. These are all fantastic qualities that humans can emulate, but being or becoming an “entrepreneur” may feel distant to some. What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? takes these qualities a step further by making the entrepreneurial values accessible to children at a personal level. How do you distill the very essence of the entrepreneurial spirit? This book engages children (and adults!) by helping them reflect and dig deeper into the journey of an entrepreneur, and discovering that it is not always an easy or safe route, and there is a lot of complexity and demands required to travel this path. Perhaps that is why I find this book so refreshing. There are people who take on entrepreneurial roles without understanding the emotional, physical, and intellectual rigor of entrepreneurship, but it does so in a way that What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? book can inspire all inquiring minds about how to be an entrepreneur. That is exactly what children (and, again, ADULTS!) need to learn.
In the book What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?, a young girl named Rae witnesses an ice cream-and-doggie mishap, which inspires her to create a big-scale solution to help get dogs clean. Rae has the grit and courage to start this endeavor but must also learn exactly what being an entrepreneur entails. Children need to learn that they can become an ‘entrepreneur’, but it involves putting yourself into your work and giving your all to reach your goal. One of the books quotes, ‘…following your dream wholeheartedly and unwaveringly…even if it seems impossible’ is a great lesson to young people to know not to give up when the ‘going gets tough’ and that you can do anything if you want it bad enough. To finish the saying, ‘the tough get going’ is the true statement of the entrepreneurial spirit and those that rise to the occasion to take on the risks associated with building a business on your own when things get hard is where people can really rise to the occasion of making their business work. The important take away in the book is that anyone can become an entrepreneur, but it takes the right amount of ‘risk’, ‘determination’, ‘resilience’, and ‘courage’ to follow through with your dream. Awesome read!!
About Author Rana DiOrio: R.J. Palacio’s book WONDER profoundly moved Rana DiOrio. It reminded her that as the mother of three young children, her single most important responsibility was to raise them to be kind. “In this world that so often challenges our sensibilities, it takes courage to be kind,” Rana explains. “As parents we need to teach our children to follow The Golden Rule―to treat others the way we want to be treated―and to encourage others to do the same, even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable to do so.” Rana has written her way through life―as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of award-winning children’s media. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction and children’s books, dreaming, helping entrepreneurs to realize their dreams, effecting positive change in the world, and, of course, being global, green, present, safe, and kind. She lives in San Francisco, California with her Cowboy and three Little Pickles. Follow Rana DiOrio on Twitter @ranadiorio.
About Author Emma D. Dryden: Emma D. Dryden lives in the home in which she grew up in New York City, where she was raised by entrepreneurs. Her father was a self-employed actor and her mother a self-employed writer/researcher. A longtime children’s book editor and publisher, Emma spent over twenty years working at a large publishing company before starting her own children’s book editorial and publishing consultancy firm, drydenbks LLC, in 2010. Books Emma has edited have won numerous awards, she’s an Advisory Board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and she speaks extensively on the art and craft of writing for children. Her blog, “Our Stories, Ourselves”, explores the connections between the human experience and the writing experience, and What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? is her debut picture book. Visit Emma at www.drydenbks.com.
About Illustrator Ken Min: Ken grew up on the works of Margret & H.A. Rey, William Joyce, and DC Comics. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design. He has storyboarded for various commercials and animated TV shows such as The PJs, Futurama and Fairly Odd Parents. His illustration work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In 2012, the first picture book he illustrated, Hot, Hot Roti For Dada-Ji, received the Picture Book Honor Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). These days, you will find Ken illustrating, storyboarding, writing, and dreaming up stories for children.
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