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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Lessons in Business

Prince Charming felt this would be a cute story to share. Our 7 year old Jonathan just finished his first fundraiser. During which we spent some time driving around to various "customers." I was listening to a seminar by T. Harv Eker on honing your business skills while we were driving. Jonathan asked me to pause the tape.

From the back seat I hear a very indignant voice. "What is he saying? He should explain this so kids can understand. I need to know this stuff too!" I smiled. It was hard not to laugh. Jonathan was quite serious. I did my best to explain supply & demand in simplified terms. "Well, I know that part already," he informed me. Since he seemed to want more I went into a bit more on the theory and strategies that had been taught, until he seemed satisfied.

We listened to some more of the tape. It wasn't long before Jonathan again asked me to pause. I could tell he was trying very hard to absorb all that was being said. We discussed some more, this time about differentiating yourself in the market. We used his cookie dough sales as an example. What is different about his cookie dough versus the stuff at the store? How are those advantages to the customer? It was a great object lesson.

I started to turn the tape back on when Jonathan asked me to stop. "My brain hurts. I'm only 7, you know. This stuff is kinda' hard." I couldn't help but smile again. I reassured him there were many grown ups that still didn't understand it so he has plenty of time to learn. I have no doubt he will learn it and master it. You go for it, Son.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how you do it! Four young kids and you work too? You must have learned better coping and stress-reducing methods than me (either that or your writing reflects a calmer disposition than the real you!)

Thu Feb 24, 10:56:00 AM MST  
Blogger Dawn McKeeth said...

Ha Ha. I can't help but giggle. I am sure my kids might disagree about a "calm disposition." It is always easier to be calm after the fact. Let's just say I am practicing being calmer.

Thu Feb 24, 04:23:00 PM MST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What business are you in that you can bring your boy? You said you were interested in acquiring properties; did you say you were in real estate?

Thu Feb 24, 05:46:00 PM MST  

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