Here is a great article from a young entrepreneur himself: Nick D’alosio of Summly. In it he talks about how he took his skills as a tween and applied them toward creating products and eventually a business. Erec Makes a Fire gets the conversation around entrepreneurism started in the most developmental years. The spirit of entrepreneurism is the first tool that pushed someone like Nick to search for skills, experiment with those skills, and apply them all before his 18th birthday. Give your kids and/or your family and friend’s kids the chance to do so as well! http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-10/17/nick-summly
After many explanations, presentations, and lectures about what it takes to start a business and found myself turning my message from ideals and bullet points into a more simplified story. One about a caveman and how even in the simplest of times entrepreneurs thrived on nothing more than observation, need, and action.
I realized that I could refine that message down to a children’s book and proclaimed my mission: to teach the principles behind complex subjects, like entrepreneurism, to the youngest age group possible – and to make them stick. With the power of storytelling even the most complicated and even boring of explanations can not only be taught but deeply absorbed by its audience. Those early impressions on a childs mind will be used to help them take advantage of opportunities they may otherwise have missed.
Erec Makes A Fire is the first of many books that will teach kids complex principles we learn far too late in life at a time when they are developing the most.
Check out Tyler Dewitts Ted talk on just how “sticky” story telling can be:
We are proud to show off a preview of one of the super cool Kickstarter packages we’ve been working on. A custom drawing of your kids likeness added as a character in the book. We put together this example of how the process would work.
After purchasing the custom book package we will request a digital copy of a photograph of your child like this cute one here:
Lain, the super talented illustrator of Erec Makes a Fire, will use your photo to sketch out a hand made drawing like the one below:
(BTW you can watch him sketch out this very drawing on video in an early post about the illustrator here: http://info.erecmakesafire.com/interview-with-the-illustrator/#sthash.jyIJHIVy.dpbs)
Finally, once the character sketch is complete, we will clean it up and digitize the drawing by hand for the final artwork:
Voila, now your child can be not only taking part in the story, but actually a part of it as well!
At age 12, Craig Kielburger set out the change the world. He founded the organization Free the Children in 7th grade and committed to working on solutions to stop injustices and atrocities towards children.
When asked in an interview on CBS in 1996: “What made you think you could do something about it?” He responded with the most insparationally entrepreneurial line I have heard from any adult in a long time. He said, “originally I didn’t think I could really, but the only way your ever going to figure out is by trying.” So pure and perfect. Self doubt followed by the drive to confront that doubt through determination and passion.
Check out the most recent follow up interview on 60 minutes – it’s a pretty powerful peice:
A child is one of the few types of people on earth that are too naïve to know “they can’t do it”, an entrepreneur simply is a person who embodies that spirit.
I am not quite sure how much Chef Boyardee’s brand of canned food spaghetti has changed since it was first created in 1928, but whether or not you or your kids are a fan of this now iconic house hold brand the story of how its founder took simple inquires of his recipe (something I am sure has happened a million times to other chefs) and unlocked the potential in its demand. Entrepreneurship is a whole lot of not only recognizing opertunities and being creative in solving problems you are faced with but it is also about having the reflexes instiled in a person to act on them. As if immigrating from italy to Clevland Ohio and opening a restaurant wasn’t enough Chef Boiardi (Boy-ar-dee) was undoubtedly a spirited entrepreneur.
Learn more about how he learned lessons about entrepreneurism when he moved to the big Apple and how he worked his way up to a net worth of $60 million dollars only 20 years later here:
Check out this interview with Erec Makes A Fire’s illustrator Lain Lee. See why he chose to work on the book and what he hopes it will achieve for all kids.
As part of our “awesome supporter package” Lain will be creating custom characters of you child’s likeness as a character(s) in the book! Remember to please show your support in cultivating a childs creative entrepneurial spirit by liking our FB page, following us on Twitter, or signing up for our mailing list to get product release dates. If you already have THANK YOU and please share the same with your friends so they can do the same. 😀