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Why Unschooling is the Best Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs

Why Unschooling is the Best Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs

I’m encouraging all six of my kids to become entrepreneurs when they grow up — heck, I’m urging them to start now, as teen-agers.

Why? Because I think it’s the most empowering, passionate, kick-ass way to live your life as an adult.

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And I think unschooling is the best way to give them the foundations of what they need to be entrepreneurs.

Don’t get me wrong: you can be an awesome entrepreneur even if you go to school. Lots of us have done it. But I think unschooling has some advantages, if you do it right.

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Why?

  1. You learn to deal with uncertainty.
  2. You become your own authority.
  3. You learn how to learn anything, and that learning is fun.
  4. You do experiments, and see the results.
  5. Your creativity is encouraged, not stifled.
  6. You decide what to learn based on what you’re passionate about.

Those are all key skills for an entrepreneur. Imagine if you grew up practicing those skills!

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Now, not everyone has the same experience at school, and you can learn a lot of these things in school too. But my experience wasn’t a great one, when I was in school. I got bored with learning, didn’t like learning what other people thought I should learn, didn’t like doing what someone else told me, but also learned that it was too scary to do something on my own and I should follow the crowd. That’s the worst thing you can learn if you want to eventually start your own business.

I had to unlearn all of that, as an adult. I didn’t do that until I was in my 30s.

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I’m kinda jealous of my kids, actually!

Why Unschooling is the Best Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs | UNSCHOOLERY by Leo Babauta

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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