May 11 can change our country, but you probably don’t know why.
I believe it’s one of the most important days of the year, though...Lemonade Day.
Before you brush me off in laughter, let me explain what Lemonade Day is and isn’t. It’s not a national day to celebrate the sweet and sour drink. Personally, I don’t even like lemonade (I know, I should probably renounce my citizenship and move to North Korea while I am at it).
Lemonade Day is all about entrepreneurship. This video tells it all:
I love the description they provide on their site, LemonadeDay.org:
America was built on the back of small business. Entrepreneurs used to take risks believing they could realize their dream if they worked hard, took responsibility and were good stewards of their resources. Today’s youth share that optimism, but lack the life skills, mentorship and real-world experience necessary to be successful.
In 2007, founder Michael Holthouse had a vision to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs through helping them start, own and operate their very own business…a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day is a strategic 14-step process that walks youth from a dream to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community.
Launched in Houston, Texas in 2007, Lemonade Day has grown from 2,700 kids in one city to 150,000 kids in 36 cities across America and Canada. With the help of partners like Google, Lemonade Day will bring this entrepreneurial experience to 1 million kids in 100 cities across America, sparking entrepreneurship and empowering youth in a way that’s never been done to scale.
Think about that for a second…one million kids learning how to operate a small business. If even 100,000 of them catch the entrepreneurial bug every year, imagine what that does for this country.
Overcoming the Statistics
Statistically, four in ten children born after 2000 will end up on some sort of substantial government assistance (welfare, food stamps, etc.). Nearly fifty percent will pay little or no income taxes before the age of thirty.
But what if…
What if those 100,000 start a business instead? Or two businesses? What if those 100,000 employ an average of fifty people? (Most will never employee more than ten, but many will employ thousands).
That’s FIVE MILLION people off welfare, food stamps, etc. That’s FIVE MILLION self-sufficient, tax-paying citizens…givers instead of takers.
All because of a lemonade stand.
Am I dreaming big dreams for this day? You bet.
John Lennon spoke of people like me when he said,
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
I hope that you will believe, too.
This Saturday, May 11, I encourage you to find a lemonade stand near you.
I encourage you to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, of leaders, of world-changers.
Visit LemonadeDay.org for more information.
What can you do to inspire a budding entrepreneur or leader today?