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Raising an Entrepreneur

Raising an Entrepreneur
10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, and Change Makers




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About the Book

In this book, a political powerhouse and mother of two thriving entrepreneurs interviews the moms of over fifty of today’s most successful innovators and—based on her findings—provides ten rules for raising confident, fearless, self-made individuals whose ideas and drive will change the world.

Is your child passionate about something? Maybe it’s music, sports, theatre, writing, building things, or helping others—the kind of creative pursuits that create distinguished leaders and make change in the world. All parents want their kids to have success, but how do you help them cultivate their talent and vision for a personally fulfilling and financially successful life? Once you’ve recognized their drive and passion, how do you set your little trailblazers free?

Raising an Entrepreneur presents seventy-six stories from the mothers of some of the most successful entrepreneurs today. Entrepreneurs are the new rock stars—they’re the ones who turn their passions into ingenious projects, because they’re willing to risk failure to make their dreams come true. Highlighting the various achievements of innovators from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds—such as Geek Squad’s Robert Stephens and Nantucket Nectars' Tom Scott, nonprofit founders like Mama Hope’s Nyla Rodgers and Pencils of Promise's Adam Braun, profit for purpose creators like TOMS Shoes' Blake Mycoskie and FEED Projects’ Ellen Gustafson, activists like Mike de la Rocha and Erica Ford, and artists like actress Emmanuelle Chriqui and songwriter Benny Blanco—and with photos of the entrepreneurs as children, these inspirational interviews will provide guidance and support on nurturing your own change maker.

Not every kid will be an entrepreneur, but all kids have something that makes them unique. If you’re seeking a way to nurture your children’s passions and help them harness their talent, drive, and grit into a fulfilling life purpose, this book is for you. With these ten rules and numerous inspiring stories, you’ll gain confidence in raising your child into a creatively successful adult.


Margot Machol Bisnow is a writer, wife, and mom from Washington, DC. She spent twenty years in government, including as an FTC Commissioner and Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and eight years writing a popular daily... Read more

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“Our world desperately needs entrepreneurs—people who turn their passion into projects to create a better world. This wonderful book is written by a mom to help other moms (and dads) nurture their children’s entrepreneurial potential. Each page is filled with the inspirational stories of parents and their children. For the sake of our children and our world, this is a must-read.”
—Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, and author of Fast Forward

“If you’re a mom who ever wondered if your children could be entrepreneurs, and, if so, how you can help, you must read Margot’s book—a collection of inspiring stories which inspired me to look at ways we can support our children as future entrepreneurs. This is a must-own and a must-read!”
—Alissa Circle, cofounder and CEO of Pollinate Media Group, and author of the blog Diary of an Addict

“Entrepreneurs can change the world by innovating key aspects of our lives, such as health, energy, food, and education. Your child could become the next visionary entrepreneur. Margot guides parents on how to foster their entrepreneurial spark.”
—Steve Case, chairman of Revolution and The Case Foundation, and author of The Third Wave

“Raising kids with the courage to follow their dreams is what all parents should strive for. Margot offers moms, dads, and grandparents the perfect textbook for learning that important lesson.”
—Barbara Harrison, NBC4 News anchor, and founder of NBC’s Wednesday’s Child

“Margot’s book resonated deeply with me as a female founder and mother. She maps the steps to help parents raise their children with the skills they’ll need to start companies or nonprofits.”
—Danielle Tate, author of Elegant Entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of www.missnowmrs.com

Raising an Entrepreneur is a must-read for anyone who wants to raise children to have the courage to be passionate self-starters. Her advice and stories from a diverse cross section of thriving entrepreneurs can help parents champion their children’s desires for success—and show how these values are later imparted into the entrepreneurs’ own organizations.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, author of the New York Times bestsellers Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone, and founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight

“It’s what all parents are after—raising our children to be caring and concerned, but also fearless and resilient. To learn early how to harness their passions confidently and grow into fulfilled adults. When it happens, it’s not luck or genetics, it turns out. Through dozens of insightful interviews with today’s top entrepreneurs and change makers, and, critically, their mothers, Margot has uncovered a recipe we can all use.”
—Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, and coauthor of Womenomics

“Entrepreneurs don’t just spring up as adults; their childhood helps shape them. Margot shows how parents can guide their development.”
—Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness, and CEO of zappos.com

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