Mowing the Lawn Starts More than the Mower
I remember asking my neighbor if I could mow his lawn when I was a young 10 year old. I felt sure he would say not because I was too young. To my surprise he not only said “yes” but also offer to pay me more than the five dollars I was asking. Somewhere between that conversation, finishing the lawn, and getting paid I learned some very valuable lessons that have stuck with me all of my life.
I would not have learned the lessons without the experience of mowing my own lawn. Nor would I have had the confidence to ask my neighbor if I had not experienced the success of completing the job well beforehand. So, it was the fact that my parents gave me chores to do and their expectation of doing it well (after some practice) that helped me gain my first customer. The clincher, of course, was the fact that my neighbor had observed how will I did my own lawn that resulted in my ability to close the sale.
Here are 4 reasons why your children should be trained at home to be successful in life.
- Builds confidence. Mowing my own yard and doing a good job gave me the confidence to believe in myself and then to be able to branch out and even get paid for what I had learned to do.
- Doing a good job matters. When you’re an entrepreneur, people pay attention to your willingness to do a good job and to stick to it. People don’t mind paying for services if they feel they are going to get good value. I also learned that my customers enjoyed helping me earn money as an encouragement to me.
- Expands Knowledge. Not only did I have to learn to mow but I also had to learn what to do when the mower wouldn’t start, what type of gas and oil it used and so on. I learned how to be more efficient with my time and make appointments and keep my word to my customers.
- Teaches about money. Earning money was something not only new to me but somewhat challenging as a young businessman. I learned that I had to invest into my business for upcoming expenses such as maintenance and new equipment that I wanted to buy. I had to also learn to save and not spend all I had.
In an article, Life Lessons from Mowing the Lawn, Tom Humbarger suggests that lawn mowing also provides a sense of accomplishment and a satisfaction in a job well done. We want our kids to appreciate a work ethic that is not only profitable from a monetary standpoint but also provides the intrinsic benefit of pride.
Do not miss the opportunity to teach your kids valuable lessons. Being a parent is not always easy but if you have your kids best interest in mind, make them do the hard things like mowing the lawn. You will both be blessed.