The Sword of Damocles tells a very important story about the stark reality of being in a position of power. For those unfamiliar, Damocles is a court sycophant or flatterer, who pines for the power of King Dionysus II. The king gives his throne to Damocles, who in-turn enjoys fine food and drink, opulence, and entertainment, only to be surprised by a razor-sharp sword dangling over his head, held in-place by a single horsehair. In an instant, Damocles learns power comes with a price. That every leader is under constant threat of being replaced or worse.

Crisis can Turn into Opportunity

A pandemic was probably the furthest thing on any business leader’s mind prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. Now, hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy to see the sword comes in many forms. And, it’s a great time to teach your children about the inevitable ups and downs of owning and running a business.

By becoming an entrepreneur — whether it is simply putting up a neighborhood lemonade stand, launching a landscaping business or developing a new app — kids can learn about budgeting, saving, spending and investing. —

You can teach many lessons by having your kid(s) start and operate a small business. But, as we adults know, failure is where the hard but necessary lessons lie. Use this crisis to show your children how to cope and face adversity. It’s a terrific time because there’s no shortage of awareness about the outbreak and quarantines. Meaning, there’s a lot of context and therefore, makes it easier to use real-world examples.

Three Lessons the Coronavirus Business Owners can Teach their Kids

The moment we’re all experiencing as business owners, managers, and team leaders causes us to question a whole lot of things. And, that’s not a bad thing, especially when it comes to teaching business lessons to children who can later use that information. Here are three important business lessons entrepreneurs can teach their kids:

What other lessons would you add to this list? Please share your thoughts and experiences by commenting!

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