“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. ”     -George Bernard Shaw

There is a lot that can be learned from kids entrepreneurs. Many will start their businesses with the hope to save up for something-like an ipad or a new car. And some start businesses just to do what they love and to give back. Clay is one of those boys.

I was traveling Maine this weekend and stopped to see my friends Rob and Megin, along with their awesome kids. During my visit, their 10 year-old Clay, showed me the business that he had started around his origami. Clay has been doing origami for a few years now and loves it. But he is not just trying to sell his creations. 75% of all his proceeds go to an African orphanage and bringing his new adopted sister home from that orphanage. I decided to help out. Above is the stellar dragon I bought. He did a great job, didn’t he?

As I went through Clay’s website and meticulously chose the one I would buy, I was reminded of these important lessons:

1. Build What You Love: It is not worth spending your time on something you do not like or don’t get excited about. Clay lives and breathes origami because he finds it both fun and challenging. Think about how you are spending your time. Is the majority of it spent on great ideas, things, and people who challenge you in a fun way? If not, you may want to reconsider how you allocate that time and what is important to you.

2. Have Something to Believe In: Clay believes that his creations can make a difference. What do you believe in? Many times we will lose that core element that drives us; that puts the fire in our bellies. If you have lost it, find something else to believe in. It is the element of life that makes it all the richer.

3. Master Your Passion: Clay spends hours on his craft. He will explore different types of paper. He will master folds. He will even create his own folds. We should all be a master at something we love, in order to make it our own. How else can we innovate and grow?

Oh, and for those out there looking to exploring something new, here is a great tutorial on how to create a butterfly:

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3 Responses

  1. Meg

    Thanks, Ja-nae. It was such a great boost for him to share his passion with you.

    Thank you for encouraging him, and supporting his compassionate soul.

  2. Becky McCray

    Ja-nae, I’m the lucky holder of a pink dragon that Clay made. You’ve pulled out some excellent child-like qualities that can help us all be more successful.


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