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The Best Thing You Can Do To Improve The Lives Of Your Children…

By: Darcy Juarez on: January 17th, 2013 3 Comments

“One of the biggest gifts that you can give your daughter is to show her that you love what you do.”
—Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier CEO and one of the 21 female Fortune 500 CEOs

When Brittany Lynch was 15 or 16 years old, she remembered her dad getting a lot of “junk mail.”

Curious about it, she asked him, “Dad what is all this junk mail you keep getting from Dan Kennedy? And more importantly, why do you seem to be reading it every month?”

Her dad kind of laughed and said, “One of the best things you could do to improve your life and your future is to read this “junk mail” every day.”

So she started reading the GKIC newsletter and Dan Kennedy right then and there. Now, at the age of 23, Lynch owns and operates a million dollar a year information marketing business.

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the “Take our daughters and sons to work” program.

The program was started as a way of creating “an enriching educational experience for our nation’s daughters and sons” and offering expanding opportunities that can transform the lives of girls and boys both nationally and internationally.

With the budget war and talk about how the debt will affect the well-being of future generations, today, in honor of the “Take our daughters and sons to work” anniversary, I want to talk about how you can positively influence your children’s future so that, no matter the state of the economy, they can be prosperous and escape the burden of worrying about money.

Speaker and author Tom Maxwell says,

“Transformation must happen in the life of a leader before it can happen in the life of a company or nation.”

In order to do this, he says you need to “create a growth environment.”

Growth thrives in favorable surroundings. It follows that if you make your environment conducive to learning about success, marketing and business, you can help transform the life of your child so they will be ready to lead their own company. Here are four ways you can create a growth environment:

Get them in the habit of reading.  In his blog post READ THIS If You Want More For Your Life, Dan Kennedy discusses books to transform your life and how a common exchange among the uber-successful is to discuss what they are reading. He says, “Earnest acquisition of electric knowledge is the “secret” of the successful. Not having time for it is a choice of the poor” (if you missed this article you can read it here.)

Brittany Lynch credits a lot of her success to reading what turned out NOT to be “junk mail” from Dan Kennedy.  Give your No B.S. Newsletters and No B.S. books to your kids to read and discuss them at dinner. You might even see what ideas your kids have for your business after reading them and reward them if they come up with an idea you use. (If you aren’t currently receiving the No B.S. Newsletters, you can sign up to receive them along with your free gift of $633.91 worth of money making information here.)

Can’t get them to read the material? Author John Maxwell says that when he was growing up his parents paid him to read books off a list instead of paying him to do chores.

Give them space to think. Dan says you should give yourself time to think. And you should give your kids time to think too. Between school, studying, social networking, sports, music and other activities, kids are tightly scheduled. Give your kids space and make sure they have free time to devote to doing kid things and an atmosphere that will inspire and promote kid creativity and self-discovery.

Make discussing business at the dinner table the norm. Much-discussed sister act of the corporate world, are Denise M. Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup, and her sister, Frontier CEO Maggie Wilderotter. They are the first sisters to make Fortune‘s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. They are also only two of the family’s super-achievers as they have two other sisters who have also risen to the top in business, one as a regional vice president for a tech company and the other a former senior vice president of sales at AT & T. They credit their parents for their confidence and business savvy.

Wilderotter says it was normal for them to discuss business, set high standards and great goals at the dinner table. She never thought it was boring or out of the ordinary because that was all they knew.

They learned about profit-margin goals, marketing plans and customer sampling. They learned to work hard, be independent and not give up.

Have them write business plans for what they want. Wilderotter and Morrison talk about how they picked jobs out of a jar every Saturday.  In order for them to receive an allowance, they had to complete the tasks they drew out of the jar.  They could also barter to do a different job.  Wilderotter also says, “We did business plans on anything we wanted. Like getting our ears pierced.”  The sisters had to wear screw back earrings for a year to prove to their dad that it wasn’t a fad. In their plan they also showed that getting their ears pierced wasn’t a big alteration to their appearance and that they could save money by taking advantage of a two for one special to get their ears pierced and share earrings.

The sisters say the attention to detail, being thorough, and being innovative at a young age helped them with future business plans.

Help your kids unlock their greatness by creating an environment that helps them develop and grow into the most successful people they can be. When you do, you’ll help ensure their successful and profitable future, no matter what the leaders of today do to affect the economy.

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Young Entrepreneurs…How To Lay The Foundation Today For Your Children’s Business Success Tomorrow…

By: Darcy Juarez on: December 18th, 2012 2 Comments

One of my goals for 2013 is to see more people learn what direct response marketing is and how to get results with it.

And while there are a whole lot of people that don’t know about it yet, one change I’d love to see is in teaching people about it at a younger age.

This year, “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” program will be celebrated Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The day was originally started as the “Take Our Daughters to Work” program in 1993, but was extended to include boys in 2003.

The idea is to give children an opportunity to explore careers at an early age.

More intriguing to me is the idea of teaching young people what they aren’t learning in school about running a successful business.

At GKIC, VP of Business Development, Aaron Halderman, has four daughters. He is teaching his four daughters about how to run a successful business and even helping them to start their own business.

Last year at SuperConference (he’s also scheduled for 2013) you heard from former CEO of Guerilla Marketing and Founder of Icon Builder David Fagan, on how he helped his daughter, Jordan start a business when she was 12 years old.  She has also co-authored a book, “How to Make it Big by 17.”

Recently I heard from another GKIC member who said her 16 and 20-year-old nieces, after she told them about Dan Kennedy and what he does, have asked for some of his books  for Christmas. The 20 year old, despite being a graphic arts major and learning marketing at a prestigious college had never heard of direct response marketing.

A couple of weeks ago, Forbes Magazine ran an article on the CEO of Ann Taylor and founder of billion dollar women’s clothing retailer LOFT, Kay Krill.

One of the things Krill discussed was an initiative Ann Taylor is doing called ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative which gives grants and mentoring to high-school girls. The company is investing $1.3 million in the program to develop young women.

Krill said the initiative honors 50 girls each year who help their community be better. They also provide leadership training, grants and mentoring to high school girls. As one of the few women to achieve high level leadership status (less than 4% of CEO’s are women and only 15% are board members,) Krill said she doesn’t believe girls get enough leadership training.

She also believes that women have a hard time figuring out how to have a family and a career at the same time. Krill said she was mentored by Shelly Lazarus, former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather and currently serving as chairman emeritus, who is a mother of four children. She said Lazarus helped her figure out how to juggle both family and career.

Krill’s secret to doing both?

She said Lazarus told her you have to “jettison the people and things out of your life that don’t matter, and focus on what’s meaningful to you.”  Krill says that “Nobody can have it all! Men or women. But you can have what you want if you focus on it and figure it out.”

I want to say that while I’m talking about women here, this applies to men too. Men also have to balance family and careers. Boys also have to learn about direct response marketing and how to run a successful business. Just like women, when you focus on your development and ambition and look to mentors  who have reached the success you desire, you can figure it out and accomplish whatever you want too.

The other thing I want to mention to the men is that the women in your life need your support —whether it’s your wife or your daughter—or whether you are a peer or mentor to women. You play a significant role in their development (and vice-versa, of course.)

I’d like to hear from our GKIC members—what are you doing to mentor your sons, daughters and young people on running a successful business? What do you think young people need to learn more of in order to rise to the top down the road in their careers and businesses? Post your comments in the comment section below.

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