My entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy disposition began at an extremely young age. Younger than most.
I remember waking up at 5 am., walking over to my neighbor’s house, and telling him that he needed to get his butt in gear and come help me make the cranberry juice. (neither of our moms ever had lemonade, so we had to improvise).
I didn’t even realize at the time that not only was I providing a cool and inexpensive beverage on a scorching day, but also a lifetime of antioxidants and healthy bladders. Don’t feel bad as you start to think back on your own childhood. It’s not your fault. I was just so much more advanced than you were. I think it had something to do with my mom not sending me to kindergarten.
I could have just stopped with the cranberry juice, as that would have been enough for any seven year old to offer, but it wasn’t enough for me. So we would walk out to my parents garden and gather the equivalent of a children’s farmer’s market worth of assorted foods for our customers. And if it wasn’t enough to set up on some sawhorses and an old board at the end of my parent’s driveway, I also busted out the entire candy shop that I had set up in my closet.
It was always round about noon, when it would occur to me that a bunch of candy in glass canisters sitting directly in the sun was not such a good idea…
And it was about three yrs later, when it would occur to me that my business venture would have been much more successful had I not lived on a dead end street in the middle of the absolute nowhere.