As parents and educators, we often preach to our children “Pursue your passion!”. But what if our kids and teens don’t know what their passion is? Here’s a few new tips on how to help your modern teen find their passion in life and business.
3 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Find Their Passion
Access to C-level Mentors
One of the best ways to help teens find their passion is giving them access to experienced entrepreneurs and C-level leaders. Teens can benefit from the breadth of knowledge these professionals have acquired in their careers and pass it on. They can get answers to “real-life” questions that schools or books don’t teach. Mentors can share their stories of success and growth while being transparent about how to navigate past fears and failures. This unfiltered access to mentors allows teens to discover a piece of their passion or understand that this may not be the ideal role they thought it would be. If you want to learn how we apply mentors within Rising Tycoons programs, click for more here.
To assess is to evaluate the nature, quality, or ability of something – or in this case, someone. Assessing your teens personality, temperament, learning style, working style, and aptitude is a critical step in narrowing down what your teen’s passion might be. Having this insight helps parents, educators, and teens themselves have a better understanding and picture of relevant channels they can begin to explore (Like Gallup Strengths Finder).
Pay for Their Passion
Do you give your kids and teens money for doing their chores or just give them a weekly “allowance”? The concept of allowances are evolving, and parents who want to help their teens find their passion should pay attention. While generations past have used this as a device to reward their children’s behaviors for accomplishing tasks they otherwise would have to do as they get older, without getting paid, many parents are now creating “allowances” as an educational opportunity to teach their kids and teens about budgeting and quid pro quo (“something for something”).
Unless you want your children to learn that the only way you can earn money is by washing dishes, cleaning their room, or doing laundry, then parents must give them opportunities to get creative on how to “earn” and even negotiate their compensation. Doing this allows teens to start associating their decisions and habits at an early age and sets the foundation for them to pursue their passion as adults and professionals.
Ultimately, helping teens find their passion comes from giving them personalized access to experienced mentors, customizing a thorough assessment, and transforming their critical-thinking around compensation. Parents and educators can apply these effective tips today to develop skills tomorrow’s leaders. (And if you have not seen our CEO share her parenting tips on Passion, it’s a must on Facebook!