Children are the ultimate business upstart

Interesting entry over at Guy Kawasaki’s blog who received a mail from Sherry Couch of BizNiche.

An email to him stated that all that there is to know about a business upstart can be leart from giving birth and raising children.

“I am very good at conceiving an idea.

I can commit to something mind, body, and soul for at least nine months.

I have the ability to over come adversity, such as eating healthily while puking all day.

I can adapt quickly to changing and expanding situations.

I stay focused and motivated even with a lack of oxygen to my brain.

I am creative: Did you know with satin pajamas and satin sheets you can roll over in bed even with an extra sixty pounds.

I am patient—ever known anyone ten months pregnant?

I am cool under pressure: I gave birth to a ten-pound baby without a C-section or a properly functioning epidural and did not curse out my husband.

I am resilient: I went back to work at my company four weeks after giving birth.

I create meaning in the world! Even with all the trials and tribulations of becoming a parent I have chosen to do it twice so far because each new life gives hope and meaning to our world. Just like each new business.

Children are the ultimate startup. And when they leave for college, it’s their IPO. And when they get married, it’s an M & A deal. And like most startups, these milestones usually take longer and cost more than you predicted. Parental success rates, however, are much better than even the best (seed-stage) venture capitalist’s.”

I should have known this when I started up Asia Mind Dynamics. Now, how can I relate to this entry?

Well, one thing to comment on in this list is patience. Everybody learns in a certain manner, but nature takes its course. There is hardly any child who hasn’t learnt to walk. It took patience to understand my child and to learn the ropes of education.

Upstarts go under, of course, and not many survive the first couple of years. It takes patience to convey the message to corporates and individuals that Asia Mind is here to stay, and that we are really good in what we are doing!!

The learning never stops. I keep learning, and upgrading my knowledge and share this knowledge with my clients and my students in my “class” (more than I do in this blog!!). That means that I am getting better by the minute. I am serious. It is the same with raising a child. If I would have said that I know enough about child education when my boy turned five, six, or seven, where would we be today?


Andreas is the founder of Asia Mind Dynamics and a certified trainer of internationally recognised certification programmes:

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP),
  • NLP Coach Training with the Coaching Division of ABNLP,
  • The Words That Change Minds -Language and Behaviour Profile of which he also is one of 17 Global Master Trainers
  • Creating Your Future Coaching™ Techniques at the Masters Level with the International Timeline Therapy Association
  • Hypnosis with the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
  • Master Trainer with the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT).

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