Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking in Teens - Part 7

Encouraging Risk-Taking in Your Teen: Tips for Building Confidence and Resilience

As parents, we often want to protect our children from failure and disappointment. However, by shielding them from risk, we may also be preventing them from developing the skills they need to succeed in life. Encouraging risk-taking in your teen can help them build confidence, resilience, and entrepreneurial skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Here are some tips to help you encourage risk-taking in your teen:

  • Emphasize the potential rewards: Help your teen see the potential benefits of taking risks. Talk to them about the skills they may gain, the confidence they may build, and the goals they may achieve. When your teen sees the potential rewards, they may be more willing to step out of their comfort zone.
  • Celebrate failure: Teach your teen that failure is not something to be feared, but rather, celebrated. Help them see that mistakes and setbacks are opportunities to learn and grow. Encourage them to reflect on what they could do differently next time and celebrate the lessons learned.
  • Set small goals: Encourage your teen to set small, achievable goals that require them to step outside of their comfort zone. This can help build their confidence and prepare them for bigger challenges. When your teen reaches these smaller goals, it can give them a sense of accomplishment and momentum to tackle bigger challenges.
  • Provide support: Taking risks can be scary, so it’s important to provide your teen with support and encouragement. Be there to cheer them on, offer guidance, and provide a listening ear when they need it. When your teen feels supported, they may be more willing to take risks and pursue their dreams.

Encouraging risk-taking in your teen may not always be easy, but it can help them develop the resilience, creativity, and courage they need to succeed as entrepreneurs. By fostering these skills in your teen, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of success and fulfillment. So, take a deep breath, encourage your teen to take that first step, and be there to cheer them on every step of the way.

Stay tuned for more tips to help your teen!


If you want to join a discussion about this or any other high school education topic, we have a group on Facebook called “Alternatives to High School” and invite you to join. The goal of the group is to give parents a place to discuss options to public/private school and standardized curriculum as well as share resources for educating teens.

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  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts
  • Participate in workshops and activities focused on leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving
  • Develop a business plan and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges
  • Connect with like-minded peers and build a supportive network

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Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking in Teens

Part 1: Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking in Teens
Part 2: Encouraging Creativity with Entrepreneurial Thinking
Part 3: Building Resilience in Teens
Part 4:  Encouraging Problem Solving in Teens
Part 5: Tips to Get Your Teen Thinking Like an Entrepreneur
Part 6: The Power in Failure
Part 7: Risk-Taking in Your Teen

Part 8: The Power of Networking for Teen Entrepreneurs


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