By Leo Babauta
My colleague Derek Sivers, a writer I much admire, wrote a fantastic piece today that you should go read right this second: What if you didn't need money or attention?
As I read his article, I found myself nodding ... not just as an entrepreneur, but as a unschooling parent.
Because the arguments are the same in both cases.
If you have a job you hate, or a business that you don't really believe in, it's not only worse for your happiness, it's worse for the world. You're just doing it for money (or attention) and not because you care, not because you love it, not because it will make a difference.
Now shift this to education: why do kids go to school? Because they have to. Because it's compulsory, because it's expected, because everyone else does it, because they need to get the degree, because they need to get a job.
But if this is how you approach learning, that's also how you'll approach your job or business. You'll do it because you have to, because you need the money, because everyone else does it.
Unschooling, and the smarter entrepreneurs, take another approach.
Unschoolers (ideally) learn because it's something they're interested in. Because it's fun, or fascinating, or they care.
They do projects not because they're forced to, but because the want to.
Right now, my four unschoolers are each working on a project they chose and they really want to work on: 3D animation, creating a cupcake business, making a music video, and making a newspaper. Not because these will earn them money, or move them towards a degree or a job or better grades. Because they want to. Because it excites them.
This is what you want to teach your kids. Because it's how they'll live their lives into adulthood.