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Excerpt from an article on Entrepreneur:

When you’re a kid, everyone tells you to grow up. In many ways, that’s not the world’s greatest advice.

You actually learn a lot about how to survive and thrive in the real world as a child. And while your experiences growing up provide fundamental lessons for your career, they can also rob you of some of your most precious attributes. That’s especially true for aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders.

As you mature, you learn to be pragmatic, to focus on the issues at hand as opposed to the big picture perspective. You become overloaded by the many demands of adult life. You become jaded and lose your openness to new ideas and experiences. And you learn bad habits from the wrong people.

In short, growing up takes its toll on the entrepreneur within.

On the flip side, some of us never grow up. My own personal journey toward maturity has been remarkably slow and frustrating, especially for my wife, not to mention former employees, coworkers and bosses who’ve had to deal with my childish antics over the years.

That said, staying young at heart – and in mind – has its benefits and it’s certainly paid off for me, as it has for lots of successful entrepreneurs and executives. It’s a balancing act, to be sure. That’s why, if you want the best of both worlds, it’s a good idea to learn how to channel your inner child.

“When a child is learning how to walk and falls down 50 times, they never think to themselves, maybe this isn’t for me.” Unknown

Credit to Jay Shetty for his amazing work!