Margot Machol Bisnow is a writer, wife, and mom. She has a BA in English and an MBA, both from Northwestern, and spent 20 years in government, including as an FTC Commissioner and in the White House as staff director of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Margot and her husband Mark have two kids who are both successful entrepreneurs.

Margot and I are talking about how she came to write her book, giving kids freedom, and do your kids really need college?

Show Notes:

  • “Mom, you have to write a book” (5:00)
  • I wasn’t raising them to be entrepreneurs (8:00)
  • I would have given them [my kids] more freedom, younger (24:00)
  • Do your kids really need college? (35:30)
  • Parenting for grit (43:00)

Deadly Quotes:

“It turns out that the moms of almost every entrepreneur has it figured.” (5:00)

“There’s been so much research now about kids who are only praised for their results instead of for their effort.” (19:00)

“I would’ve given them more chores. I’m sort of embarrassed that they didn’t really learn to do their own laundry.” (29:30)

“I consider anybody, any free thinker, I consider someone who starts a project within a bigger organization an entrepreneur.” (34:15)

“I don’t think you’re going to find out when they’re three what they love” (41:40)

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