Raising kids is tough. I do think it is a worthwhile endeavor to help them take risks and start businesses when the are young, Having and learning to run a business when the risks are low, is a really great thing. I started my business when I was 23 years old in my apartment with a computer. I met my first client in a bar (happened to be from a Fortune 500 company and wanted to so some research). Next thing I know, I had the average starting salary in my hands for a three month project.
Lots of kids go to college and get jobs. Then they graduate and at 50 years old, complain about not having control of their schedule, bosses, money, etc. While they are young, it is time to teach them to take a risk, learn by doing, and go for it.
Well, we happened to be in Chicago after Steven Jobs died we were at the Apple Store and i actually was one of those geeks who wrote something on a post-it note. I wrote: