Episode 050: Growing Up an Entrepreneur with Christopher O’Rear

About this episode

There are so many similarities to starting and growing a business, and growing a family. When you start a business, you need to have a clear reason why you’re doing what you do, and a goal about how to accomplish your purposes. You need to create a mission statement.

There are also skills that entrepreneurs have that support family culture, and ways to encourage the values that support your family. Things like, perseverance, and service come up in this conversation.


Such an important concept! I have learned so much about the importance of failure as a way to learn how to be resilient, and to develop a growth mindset. You cannot grow if you are always afraid of failure, or if your decisions are always fear-based. 

Christopher and I covered a bit about how his parents encouraged him to be an entrepreneur in the way the ran their homeschool. He said that they started out being very “hands-on” when he was young, guiding him, coaching, and correcting a lot. But that as he grew older, closer to high school, they started to back off, and allow Christopher to learn from his own experiences and choices. He started to learn how to be accountable for his own choices, and recognizing that the outcome depended on him. 

Not every kid is going to want to become an entrepreneur, but this idea of supporting our kids to be independent is crucial for their own creativity, freedom, and life satisfaction. I’ve been thinking a lot about this as I homeschool my children how much

This is also important to family culture because I think that we sometimes forget about our ‘why’ for our family vision because we get distracted by voices outside of our family. It’s important that we learn how to be intentional about what our own family vision is in spite of what others might be saying.

Time Stamps

[4:02] Christopher tells us about the inspiration for starting his business
[9:10] Christopher’s homeschool experience growing up, and how his parents transitioned into a more “hands-off” style as he became a teenager
[15:34] Christopher’s thoughts about what family culture means
[19:32] Creating a mission statement
[22:17] Characteristics of developing an entrepreneurial mindset
[30:05] Christopher discusses how families can encourage kids to be entrepreneurs
[34:26] Books the Christopher recommends for starting a business

About Christopher

Christopher O’Rear is a homeschool graduate now entering his junior year at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Having grown up around small business, he was eager to put his learning into practice, and by the age of 18 had opened a small social media marketing firm. By the age of 20, he had developed an online entrepreneurial course that teaches students about the nuts and bolts of starting and running a small business. He currently serves as the CEO of this business course, 1-2-3 Entrepreneur!, and also serves as the President of Boyce College’s student-led business group, The Boaz Society. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, playing soccer for his college’s varsity team, and having deep talks with friends.




Books Christopher Recommends (click on the image)

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About the author, Jodi

I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Michael, and our four young kids. We homeschool, and work remotely, so I guess we may take this on the road some day! I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but I attended five different universities before finally finishing while I was expecting my third baby! I'm a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I do enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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