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3 Things Mom Taught Us About Entrepreneurship




3 Things Mom Taught Us About Entrepreneurship

Who knew that mother’s had the key to everything in life?

Mentors are extremely important in business and for most of us, our first mentor was our mother.

What I found is that those Mom-isms that caused me to roll my eyes as a teen has caused me to raise my eyebrows as an entrepreneurial adult. Most of us don’t like to admit it, but you can learn a lot from Mom.


3 Things Mom Taught Us About Entrepreneurship

As you start your entrepreneurial journey, it’s important to seek advice from every place you can get it. You may not have known your mother was giving you advice that would correlate to being an entrepreneur but she was. You were just too busy rolling your eyes.

The following “Mom-isms” come from a mom near you:


1. ”As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do as I say.” (Decide To Be An Entrepreneur)

Our entire life we have been conditioned to listen to authority. In the classroom to police officers; we are taught to listen to our elders and other authority figures. This carries over to our working life.

We are conditioned to listen to our shift leaders, managers, and anyone else who is considered our boss.

As long as you live under their roof you will do what they say! If you want to dive into entrepreneurship, you have to be ready to live under your own roof. As a business owner, you will need to be self-motivated and self-reliant.

The most important thing to prepare is your mindset. Being an entrepreneur is a long and at times bumpy road. You have to be fully committed to jumping out of the nest and learning to fly on the way down.

Many people “want” or “try” to start a business but like your mom said, as long as you live under their roof you will have to play by their rules. To really make it as an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes.

If you are just trying it out to see if you can magically get rich, then you better go get a refund on those magic beans. There’s no magic, just hard work. I’ll also let you know something you might not know.

You will work harder at this than you do your job. That should make you happy. It’s ten times as rewarding and most of the time it doesn’t feel like work.


2. “Money does not grow on trees!” (Sometimes Your Friends And Family Are Wrong)

As you start your journey into entrepreneurship, you’ll find many people closest to you don’t sup-port you the way you think they will.

You’ll notice that most people close to you have good intentions so they want to stop you from doing anything that seems risky and could have negative con-sequences.

It’s important to ask yourself if the people you are listening to have the lifestyle you want. I’m a firm believer in seeking counsel from close friends and family. I have many mentors and people that I seek for their advice or opinion on some of my ventures.

Some are successful business people or family members that I highly respect.

However, you must realize that this is your life and it’s important for you to define what you want. Do you want to spend your 60 to maybe 100 years on Earth doing what other people think you should do?

I would much rather swing for the fences instead of playing it safe any day.

That’s just me. I want to do things people only dream of. I’d rather roll the dice and work my butt off to win big instead of playing it safe because other people thought it would be best for me.


3. ”Do as I say, not as I do!” (The Old Road To Success No Longer Exists)

Your Mom wants you to find success. In the old day’s success was a pretty simple path.

Go to school, get a good job, work hard for 20 to 40 years, and retire with a nice gold watch. If you’re like me, you found out very quickly that the old way isn’t working out like it used to. We are seeing that loyalty to a corporation is no longer valued.

Instead of a gold watch, they will give you the boot right before your retire or make your life miser-able until you quit. What you see is a lot of our elders getting part-time jobs to make ends meet.

I became an entrepreneur because the only company I can count on to take care of me is my own. There are good people in corporations but many of them exist to make a profit for the share-holders. That means if you are not a shareholder then you are not their priority.

People are finally starting to wake up and see that they are smart enough, they are strong enough, and they have the guts to make it happen for themselves.



Moms are amazing at teaching life lessons. Every phrase is an opportunity to learn and grow as you continue your life as an entrepreneur.

Remember that you have to decide the lifestyle that you want, and then be willing to do whatever is necessary to get it. This life is not easy, but it sure is rewarding.

What did your mom teach you about entrepreneurship? Leave a comment below.

Kenny Johnson is the founder of Kenny Johnson Marketing. He has a passion for helping brand new entrepreneurs navigate the deep waters of business and online marketing. I’d love to help you in your journey.



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    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    This article is fantastic. Extremely well written, very clever and insightful. Mentors are important in our life. My mom was running a business since I was a little kid and through her choices taught me hard work and focusing on building something that is yours. Wonderful read.

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks so much for compliment Lloyd! Moms teach us so much about hard work. I don’t know too many people that have a tougher job than moms.

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    Ronie J

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Great blog! One of the greatest lessons my mother taught me was: doing what I had to do no matter what! Even if she wasn’t feeling well, she got up and did what she had to do. I remember when I was in the work place, we went to work sick, contagious, making others sick, but we showed up. Great thing about working from home is of I am sick I do not have to put anyone else at risk. All because I can work from the comfort of my home rather than being controlled by sick leave pay, losing pay, or even being fired because of sickness. The first and only j-o-b (just over broke) I was ever fired from was because my child was very sick and I had to stay home with them 24 hours. Went back the next day and was told to “clear my space and go home. We need someone we can count on to be here”! It was a very harsh reality my life was being controlled by a person with a pen and the authority to write a check. My business over the years has given me the time freedom to care for others in time of need and still have the ability to work my business and generate income from home. Thank you KJM. A very inspirational blog.

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 20, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you for your comment Ronie! I can’t believe your job fired you for taking care of your sick child. That’s why I said many of these corporations have one goal…to take care of the shareholder. Glad to see your business providing the lifestyle YOU want for you and your family! Thanks again!

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    Ferris Ducker

    Dec 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Great article Kenny, it resonates well with the individual and the industry at the same time.

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Hey Ferris! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate the comment!

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    David Allison

    Dec 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Kudos to Kenny Johnson for “exposing” our moms as who they are. Our heros! So much advice not taken at an early age as kids. Mom-ism’s are often times very insightful and always well-meaning. Great article!

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Yes they are! Heroes is the best word for Moms. Thank you so much for the comment David!

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    Peter Dudek

    Dec 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Great article!

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Peter!

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    Aaron Parker

    Dec 20, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Yeah, my mom said all those things too. I didn’t realise they were entrepreneurial statements till later in life. Hopefully your article will help others see it earlier in their life. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Aaron. There are so many things I wish I had seen when I was younger that you realize later. As long as we realize it right?

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    Jessica Rodriguez

    Dec 21, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Loved this! As a mom I am trying to teach my children these things <3

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Jessica! We owe Moms a great deal of respect. You guys do so much for us. Thank you for being an awesome Mom!!

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    Jerry Mills

    Dec 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Really good thoughts Kenny, thank you for sharing. Our parents are our first example of the ideal coaching model of “I Do, then We Do, then You Do”.

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      Kenny Johnson

      Dec 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Parents are the best coaches. It’s amazing how many life lessons were right in our face that we ignored as kids or young adults. Thanks so much for reading and commenting Jerry!

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