About this project
The goal of the Visionary Kids series is to expose children to the inspirational stories about some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and innovators. The first book in the series will be an unauthorized biography that follows the life of Steve Jobs, from his adoption at an early age, to dropping out of school and building a world-changing technology out of his garage.
Baby boy Steve was born in San Francisco. Shortly after his birth he was adopted by two loving parents, and they moved to Mountain View, California. He grows up with a hunger to learn, play, and invent. With the help of his father he takes on a hobby of playing with gadgets and fixing broken toys. This colorfully illustrated rhyming book takes you along Steve’s journey through life and sheds light on the internal struggles he faced. Little readers get a glimpse of how he became a successful entrepreneur, and, more importantly, they learn that with dedication, drive, and the support of friends anything is possible.
Why a Children’s Book
Adults and teens read often read articles on Wired, CNN, or the Huffington Post about successful people who, with a big idea and a lot of commitment, made huge differences in the world. We took a step back and realized little children are blocked from learning and feeling inspired by such individuals. By breaking these stories down for children they can be aware of these inspirational and successful dreamers. The goal is that they feel inspired to take risks and pursue their dreams. These stories will show the challenges that each chosen model faced and will instill the notion that hard work and bravery are the keys to unlock any dream.
Why This Matters
Entrepreneurship is the process of identifying and starting a business venture. It takes organization and the ability to source resources wisely. It is not a just a job -- it is an adventure, and those who pursue entrepreneurship agree to take risks and face the many challenges it may bring. This series is unique because they are not fairy tale stories. Sure, morals and virtues can be taught through fairy tales, but real life doesn't work that way. Nothing can happen without hard work and it’s important for children to learn that. Little children are amazing, they have big dreams and big ideas bottled up, and this series will show them that such dreams can truly become a reality; but they need real life examples. With the help of contributors this series will provide real life examples of inspirational people who have succeeded in the real world.
Why Steve Jobs
For the first book of this series, Steve Jobs was chosen because he faced tribulations and exemplified the values it takes to succeed in entrepreneurship. Steve had a very unique life, and he faced many tribulations early on. But what made him successful was his commitment and drive. He was living proof that success can happen with hard work, but he was not alone in his journey -- he had a lot of support from his family and friends. An idea is the seed that plants in the field of business, but it only grows with the care and the dedication of a team. Steve knew this and that is why he was the first model we chose to write about.
Who We Are
The co-authors Sara Abraham and Reda Jaber are students at the University of Michigan. Sara will soon graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Health, and after graduation she will be pursuing a Masters in Education degree. Reda is pursuing a combined MD, MBA, MSCR degree, with a focus on entrepreneurship. The illustrator Joaquin Arias is a graduate of Universidad Del Salvador and Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Risks and challenges
The book is fully written, and the illustrations are complete. If we reach our goal, we plan to make final edits and publish the book through CreateSpace, with the hope of launching the book by June, 2014. If there are any set-backs on the printing timeline -- we will make sure to provide the eBook free of charge to anyone that bought a physical copy of the book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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