Growth Mindset: Your Brain Can Change!

Your brain can change. It can grow. It can form new neural pathways. You can develop new abilities to do things you never thought possible. At VentureLab, we encourage children to banish any fear of failure, any lingering notions of their own “weaknesses,” any pessimistic preconceptions, and any subconscious limitations that hold them back. These … Read more

Making Failure a Tool for Discovery

Failure is a tool for discovery

How do you speak to your children and students about failure? Do you create an environment and engage in a dialogue with your children where failure is a tool for discovery? At VentureLab, we’ve spoken with students about how they perceive failure. In doing so, students learn that failure has a vocabulary all its own, … Read more

The Importance of Teaching Grit

Youth are unstoppable change agents

Grit is an essential element of the entrepreneurial mindset. It has two parts. One is resilience, a positive response to failure or adversity. The other is perseverance, a tendency to maintain interest and stay on task in the face of obstacles. Grit means not enabling a pattern or habit of abandoning tasks just for the sake of change … Read more

Start Them Young

Potential for great creativty

In these recent posts in which I’ve offered tips on raising entrepreneurial girls, I’ve suggested ways to foster their curiosity, encourage girls to remain idealistic (and to use that idealism to push themselves creatively), and to embrace and learn from failure. Here I look at an important tip for raising an entrepreneurial girl: start quite … Read more

Get Dad Involved

Get Dad Involved in teaching their daughters

In my last few blog posts, I’ve been presenting a series of tips for raising entrepreneurial girls. These tips include helping girls embrace and learn from failure, encouraging their sense of creativity and allowing them the freedom to explore ideas from different angles. Here we look at an important tip that starts at the home: … Read more

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