So, of course, I decided to change my post for the Teens in Tech blog this week at the very last minute. I swear, I don't do it to piss you off @Gregory!
Before I write the post, which will be about teen entrepreneurs growing up 'too fast', I want to stir up a little discussion about the topic. I try to make my posts relate to personal experiences, so this one will be no different. I love working in the 'adult world' but, those of you who know me a little will know I'm also kind of insane (in an uber awesome way, of course). I think this is a positive, because at the very least it's enjoyable to talk to me, but what do you think? Where's the happy balance between being a kid and a business owner/founder? How do you find time to do stupid things? How do you find time to have a girlfriend/boyfriend? Ya know, kid things.
Looking forward to responses :)
UPDATE: Here is the post: http://teensintech.com/blog/2011/11/growing-up-too-fast/
In my opinion, an entrepreneurship is not just belong to an adult world! In western countries, most of children focus in memorizing books at school to get high GPA and prepare their future to go to the best colleges. But a lot of children in poor countries like Indonesia do not have the luxury to go to schools. Tthey have to start their own business to feed themselves and helping their parents. Some of those children become seasoned entrepreneurs by the time they are just 15 years old. And some are lucky to be " BILLIONAIRES." My parents were thought by their parents to focus working hard for their schools. They were not allowed to have dreams and having fun. However, my dad realized that being a perfect student was not always helping you to be smarter in business. Maybe sometimes it becomes late to enter the business when he is already old. So, he lets me to do experiments many things. I love selling things and also thinking out of the box. He listens to me and trying to help my dreams coming true in establishing a social game application. He believes that this the generation of teen who can rule the world!! Becouse we are so fresh...and can think of out of the box. And here, I AM....joining you guys!!
You can enjoy the best of both words. Growing up and still enjoying your youth - it's a amazing time. But then - before you know it - it's all gone. I manage both "lives" (if we're going to call them lives). But they interconnect very much.
I would say that I have two "lives". When I'm with my friends that I've known forever, I am able to do the "kid" things. But then when I am working, I obviously get into a kind of serious mode. A benefit of what I do is that I work on creative projects that allow me to bring some of my youth elements into it.
It's definitely a tough thing to balance out life with your work, but I would say that I matured fast, I didn't necessarily grow up too fast.
I would like to reiterate what I said during our conversation this afternoon. There is a fine balance between school, projects, and school. At times, this balance can be difficult to strike.
It is all about finding what feel right for you. A certain balance is right for everyone. Also this balance changes from week to week, day to day, hour to hour.
Personally, I rarely have trouble finding a balance. Yet, I realize above everything I am a student. I prioritize for the sake of efficiency not because I time constraints. I love what I do and at the end of the day that is what counts.
I try to balance my life out. I still get a lot of fun time but then again, I spend a lot of time thinking up ideas and trying to make them happen. I rarely have trouble balancing school, friends & work. I have to say i'd prefer to work on my radio stations then go out with friends but thats because i'm antisocial.;)
Regular kids grow up TOO SLOW!
Everybody has to grow up sometime.
That's true. I think there's also an opportunity to "change the rate" at which you're growing up at any time, depending on how mmuch you push your business. Thoughts?
I definitely think there is a time and place for everything, being a kid and adult included. As a teen founder, I've definitely had to skip out on times when my friends were all hanging out to go do "adult things" like go to tech events and talk business with mostly adult people. And honestly, I love doing those things. It's great to surround yourself with some older people who are serious and passionate about what you love in order to learn from them. While we're kids, that's probably the best time to do it too, because you can always use the "I'm a kid. I'm in college" card.
But on the other hand, we are still kids. I still like to hang out with friends, make weird jokes, and just do whatever the hell I want to do when I want to do it. And while I love the adult world and all the responsibilities that come with it, I still value the fact that there is nothing better than hanging out with my best friends, doing crazy stuff, and being simply kids not having to worry about a business.
So there is definitely a balance between the two, and I think no matter how old we get, there will always be this balance. I don't ever want to grow up entirely. I hope that I will always have a kid part of me that is creative and spontaneous, because ultimately that imaginative kid part is what really makes me who I am. I make sure that I work hard during the week and have time to hang out with friends on the weekend. It's pretty much a known standard that during the week I hardly ever go out, simply because I want to save slots of time for that on the weekends. So sectioning out work time and play time and staying strict on those time limits helps me.
As for boyfriends, I got extremely lucky because my boyfriend has the exact same experience trying to balance work and play. We both understand that work comes first, but it helps that I have someone to talk to about both work and fun things whenever I want to. :)
(I wrote this in like 10 minutes, so sorry if it's bad. But I think you get the idea haha)
Awesome Reply Stacey! That's pretty much my philosophy. I agree it's important to act like a kid now and in some respects continue acting like a kid forever.
I find it very easy to work on my startup, and still have a great social life. I don't think I'm growing up to fast, but that's mainly because everyone else my age usually spends the time I spend building startups, on Facebook. So I think really I have the better deal.
I think the best thing is to be a bit of a hipster and have fun with it! Also, friends are always kind of impressed. They can't get over my "sticker stash", why would companies want to send me stuff? Haha. So yeah, I think teen entrepreneurship is definitely a good thing, not growing up fast, just utilising your energy and creativity.
Do some teen entrepreneurs grow up too fast? Yes and no. All of us young entrepreneurs have a passion for entrepreneurship because we love and enjoy it. We love the fun and excitement that comes along with it. So I don't think there is anything wrong with following your passion and doing what you love and enjoy.
Sometimes though, I think people can get entangled in entrepreneurship at such a young age that you lose out out being a "kid" and doing "kid" things. You are only a kid once and you just have to find that balance between being a young entrepreneur and being a kid/teenager. I find that most of us are good at balancing this, but I have come across some who have not found a balance and have been over immersed in the entrepreneur world (made up mainly of adults) that they start to feel and act as an adult rather than the true kid they are. Personally, I haven't had trouble finding this balance. You just have to realize you are still a kid and not get too entangled in the entrepreneur world. I have met a lot of of young entrepreneurs who have evolved into thinking they are better than everyone else due to their entrepreneur lifestyle. Please, don't be one of these people.
This is a hard one... I don't think that I'm growing up faster but I have matured faster. In my opinion, without that maturity it would be impossible to combine both "worlds". I try to do it as best as I can, sometimes better, sometimes worse.
It's very important to not forget to hang out with friends, your startup isn't the only important thing in the world. And it's not just us teens who can't forget about hanging out, the older guys musn't forget either.
I need those moments where I can just have fun and forget about meetings, deadlines, coding... Letting loose sometimes is great, I love beeing a teen.