How do we prepare our children to succeed in the future workforce? Jeff Booth, co-founder, president and CEO of BuildDirect, explains that in this age of perpetual change, learning entrepreneurial skills are beneficial for children, regardless of their future career choice. Booth lists the following traits as crucial for thriving in the workplace of tomorrow:
- 1. Assessing and redefining risk: learning to fail, then recover and act on that failure.
- 2. Embracing an abundance mentality: finding a way to “create a bigger pie for others” instead of focusing on competition.
- 3. Accepting radical responsibility: taking responsibility and using abilities to change things.
- 4. Using tech as a tool – and only as a tool: while technology has myriad possibilities, soft skills are just as important.
Some programs, such as the Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad, are seeking to teach entrepreneurial skills by having students work with mentors, learn leadership principles, and practice mindfulness in business. Booth puts it well: “Ultimately, learning how to learn is the only safeguard for people growing up in an era of rapid change.”