As early as 7 years old, play time became business time. I spent summer afternoons digging in my neighbors’ backyards and hunting down unique rocks and rare stones to sell at their doorstep. After exiting that endeavor, I started my own Lemonade Stand where
I outsourced the operations and customer service sectors to my highly-qualified little sisters. But then something weird happened…I learned that sometimes being an entrepreneur also means being misunderstood.
Truth is, I faced a LOT of criticism by administration in the public school system. I was bored out of my mind when everyone was asked to “sit still and stay quiet.” Due to my talking, asking questions, and constantly fidgeting, it didn’t take long for faculty to label me as “disruptive” and eventually “ADHD” in the 8th grade.
The labels were challenging, but that wasn’t the only thing limiting my growth. A teacher looked me in the eyes and said “You’ll never amount to anything.” After that, the doubts starting pouring in. What is wrong with me? Why can’t I focus? Why can’t I just do what everyone else does? Am I just…stupid?
But as fate would have it, I stumbled upon a TedTalk by a guy named Cameron Herold entitled, “ Let’s Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs .” It was the first time I had ever heard someone talk about personalities like mine from a completely new perspective. Where the medical and educational communities had settled with limitations, Cameron empowered me to accept that my identity is not “stupid.” I was just made differently…if I played my cards right, it could be one of my best advantages.
As early as 7 years old, my play became business. Sifting through the archaeological digs of neighbors’ backyards, I sourced out unique rocks and peddled them back to their doorsteps. Then, of course, there was the evolution of my Lemonade Stand, where I outsourced the operations and customer service sectors to my kind, supportive and highly-qualified little sisters.
Unfortunately, my creative tendencies weren’t encouraged by all. In fact, I faced a lot of criticism by administration in the public school system. Where children are asked to sit still and stay quiet, I was often considered a child of disruption and short attention span.Once a science teacher even went as far as to tell me that I would never amount to anything! As the object of intense chastisement, my disinterest in the basic lesson plans earned me the label of “ADHD.” And thus, this identification haunted me well-before I was diagnosed in the 8th grade. Yes, the labels hurt me deeply. But upon the medical diagnosis, I was mortified. “Am I stupid?” I wondered. “If so, what does that mean for my future?”
Thankfully, my doubts were soon put to rest. As fate and active seeking would have it, I stumbled upon a TedTalk by Cameron Herold entitled, “Let’s Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs.” Where the medical and educational communities had fallen short, Herold provided me with a sense of worth and purpose. Arming me with a new lens at which to look at himself and a deeper consideration for his talents, I was inspired to think and act differently. To keep stepping farther outside the box… and to know with confidence that my identity is definitely not “stupid.” I was simply made to excel, exceed and transform.