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What are we teaching the children of Mexico?

Children in Japan are taught to understand technology from an early age, children in Korea to read a contract and understand a financial run of a loan. What do the little ones need to learn today?

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What are we teaching the children of Mexico?
What are we teaching the children of Mexico?

It is not difficult to find them. Sometimes they work with their parents, almost always in the informal sector, but there are also those of a well-off class, in family but formal businesses, who go to business every day and know him almost from the day they were born. Others are natural: there are no entrepreneurs in the family, but they sell everything they can at school, competing with the stationery and the cooperative. Some others, perhaps due to lack of capital, not ingenuity, give advice to their peers, and in some cases do their homework in exchange for remuneration.

Where there are unmet needs and the possibility of a mutually beneficial transaction, there will always be a client and an entrepreneur . However, there is a certain social stigma around entrepreneurship. Many parents would prefer that their children get a job and not take business risks. The entrepreneurial uncle is seen as this half-dreamer and half-crazy who always sable people to make capital, who do not always do business well and therefore does not have such a stable economic situation.

The truth is that there is no real school to be an entrepreneur. Business management schools often assume that there is an established market, a company that requires institutionalization and controls, and a young heiress who will have to put order in a family-friendly, but profitable, bottom-line relaxation. Many times the knowledge that entrepreneurs receive is between the self-help section and the clinical psychology section of bookstores, a mixture of magical thinking and 'echaleganismo'. No one prepares you to deal with contracts, lawyers, financial runs, strategy sessions, operationalize the strategy, and resolve conflicts with partners, suppliers and clients. Now that business coaches are in fashion , we learn that 80% of success is hard work, 18% strategy and 2% intelligence, but nobody told you that when you went to school.

You have to let the small entrepreneurs be . You have to teach them how to keep a minimum accounting, how to establish their mission and vision, and how to be honest and decent in their business. We must explain that you also have to pay taxes. In fact, Warren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the most savvy investors in the world, pays his income tax in the United States since his first actions earned profits, which was when he was a child. Trump wanted to use it as a sack of blows in the campaign, saying that people like him didn't pay taxes, and Buffett shut up the US president showing his 50-year tax returns and suggesting that he should do the same.

Children in Japan have long been taught to understand technology from an early age. Children in Korea are taught to read a contract, to understand a financial run of a credit or a security, from a very young age. Children in the United States are taught how state institutions work, so that they can discern between good and evil, and that they know all the tools at their disposal to achieve their full potential. In Germany, education focuses on a technological, institutional and values ​​model. What are we going to teach children in Mexico? I hope we do not teach them to steal the light and live under the traditional “he who does not trade does not advance.” We are much better than that.

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