Learning from Children

The Greatest Success Lessons Come from Children!

I tweeted last week about one of the greatest paradoxes in life — the most mature people in society actually act like children the most. It’s an odd thing to think about, but growing older often means growing colder. Well, winners stay hot!  I stumbled upon this article this morning, and I just had to share it with you. I truly believe that the greatest success lessons come from children. Here are a few reminders that you can apply today!

Learning from Children

Photo: My son, Isaiah (4).

Ah, the wonder of youthful enthusiasm.  The joy of youthful exuberance.  The endless one word replies to any question about their day.  The mind of a young person knows no bounds.  It’s fresh and not weighed down by cynicism and defeatist attitudes.  Time and time again the excited minds of a young generation will come forward with ideas that seemed impossible only decades before.  How do they do it?  They have no concept of what is or is not possible.  They’re fueled by their core desires and beliefs, not the expectations of others.

The Wisdom of Children

Take some time and watch some young children at play.  You’ll see evidence of pure, undaunted imagination.  Children especially pay no respect to the dreadfully boring “adult” world, governed by ironclad rules of what should or what not should be, what is or what isn’t possible.  They fill in the gaps themselves with creativity and game playing.  While it’s probably not a good idea to start playing freeze tag at your next meeting, you can definitely learn something by reawakening your inner-child.


The flip side of the coin of staring down the impossible is recklessness.  Every teenager feels immortal.  Confused and usually without direction, they stomp around seemingly invulnerable to any consequences.  The determined ones start to map out goals and use that indestructible attitude to strive for success without looking back.  Capture the remarkable tenacity of adolescence and combine it with your adult wisdom in order to move toward your destination with unshakable confidence.

Idol Worship

Young people definitely have heroes, but they may be unconventional.  They may distrust regular authority figures or simply be bored by them.  While looking to successful people for tips and examples can be helpful, don’t idolize someone and try to recreate their situation completely.  Be like the young and question the methods of authority.  You may find a new and exciting solution to a well-worn problem.

Proving a Point

Young people may have chips on their shoulders.  It’s because they’ve got something to prove.  To their parents.  To their teachers.  They’re trying to prove to the world that they’ve got what it takes to survive.  More importantly, they’re trying to prove it to themselves.  Follow the youthful example and remember to be your harshest critic.  Constantly strive to impress yourself and surpass your own expectations.

Limiting Beliefs

Adults tend to take on limiting beliefs.  They’ve experienced the vagaries of life.  They’ve had their share of failures and disappointments.  When they think toward the future, they may immediately shut down as soon as a difficult image appears in their minds.  They’ll think things like, “It will never work,” or “It’s too hard,” and they’ll have given up before they even started.  Try to retain your youthful exuberance.  If you’ve become too cynical and can’t seem to reawaken it, you may need to rediscover your passion.

Every generation, the world is processed and then recreated by innovative, young entrepreneurs.  Keep a healthful, youthful spirit when dealing with your business or your personal life.  Stay excited and stay hungry.  Achieve the impossible.


This article was written by Matthew Toren.

Matthew is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

Learn from the King


It’s great knowing people in high places, especially kings! I am blessed to have befriended a King from the Middle East named Solomon. This guy may be the wisest man to ever walk the earth! So you know I’m super proud to call him a mentor. I was reviewing some notes he left for me yesterday**, and I wanted to share a couple of takeaways if that’s okay with you. Hopefully it will help you as much as it has helped me!

Note #1: Wisdom is given to those who HEAR the call.

This is super important for us today. There is so much noise in the air — T.V., social media, satellite radio, iPods, iPhones, Androids, and the list goes on and on! Oftentimes, if we’re not careful, we can drown out important messages with senseless media. Take an inventory of the content that is passing through your eyes and ears and evaluate it for quality and alignment with your goals and dreams. Do the images and sounds support you in your journey, or are they a waste of time and mental space? Get stingy with you brain. Try to use every fiber of your mental muscle to propel you towards your dreams.

Note #2: Wisdom is released to those who seek her EARLY.

For those who talk to me regularly, you know that I am a huge advocate of getting up early in the morning! So I felt a huge rush of excitement when I saw validation from the King’s note. There’s just something powerful about getting up early and starting your day off while most are still snoozing. And I believe that decision is rewarded supernaturally. Eric Thomas, arguably one of the most dynamic motivational speakers in America today, is a major reason that I now look to get a jump start on the day. Do you need a little extra push to make this move? Click here to check him out! Trust me, he will help you! For many of you, this will be the hardest habit to develop, which is all the more reason to do it. When you force your mind to overtake your body, you are headed into miracle territory!

Note #3: Wisdom must be the PRIORITY.

You’re probably wondering, “why all this talk of wisdom?” Please write this down: To get wisdom is to unlock the door to your dreams! Wisdom gives you access to the answers and resources you’ll need to get to your goals. Just as there are many noises that can distract you, there are also many paths that can displace you. Pursuing wisdom means that no billboard will entice you to get off of the highway when you have to get to a date with your incredible destiny. The truth is many never return to the highway from their so-called pit stops. Don’t be deceived; keep your eyes on the prize – to be wise.

**For the full transcript of Solomon’s note to me, click on the scroll below: