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I’m Small But I Dream big! — How This 6-year-old Sells His Monster Pictures

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This true story about one little boy shows anything is possible if you do what you love.

Recently, I heard about an incredible story of a monster enthusiast who dared to make his wish come true. The name of the monster lover is Elia. He is six years old, comes from Swiss, and has started his own online shop.

6-year-old Elia loves scary things — that’s why he launched a monster picture webshop

If you google ‘Monsterbilder’ (‘Monster pictures’ in German) in the D-A-CH (German-speaking European) region, the first hit you’ll get is Elia’s webshop, where you are greeted with the words:

‘You can buy drawings of monsters, ninjas and Dungeons & Dragons from me’.

A very clear introduction, don’t you think?! And it continues with an explanation of the WHY behind this little entrepreneur:

‘My name is Elia and I am six years old. I love scary things — that’s why I made this monster picture web shop.’

Mommy, I want it so that when people type in ‘monster pictures’ on the internet, my pictures come up

One day Elia came to his mother and told her about his wish. ‘Mommy, I want…’ and his plan worked because his mom helped him make his dream come true.

This is how the conversation went according to Elia and his mom, Hanna:

– “Mum, how can I earn money?”

– “By doing what you love.”

– “So I can make money with my drawings”

– “Yes. When people buy them, yes.”

– “I want it so that when people type in ‘monster pictures’ on the internet, my pictures come up.”

– “Then we’d have to make a homepage”

– “Will you show me how to do that?”

This lovely conversation shows two beautiful things: first, that Elia’s mom, took her child seriously and inspired him to follow his heart, and the second, that Elias felt encouraged in his idea and saw that he could realise his dreams and goals by taking on responsibility and becoming a creator.

Here’s how mother, Hanna explained her situation

‘And so I was allowed to sit by your side at the computer for a few hours over the last few days, to learn about your dreams, to marvel at your eloquence, to be infected by your fascination with monsters, to laugh at your funny attacks, to realise that you can already write a lot yourself, to discuss prices — and realise that you’ve put a lot of thought into it — and to live your bond. And you were so grateful.

Rarely have I felt more useful than in those hours. Or in the exact place I want to be. I’m the one who should be grateful — and I am!’

Mom as her son’s companion, as in Lord of the Rings

So mother and son have become an entrepreneurial team, with mum, Hanna becoming her son’s companion. After all, where would Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings be without his faithful companions and protectors, Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn?

How good that must feel for our children when they realise: hey, my plan is working and my mum is supporting me!

Because when children do what they believe, they experience self-efficacy.

According to psychologist, Albert Bandura self-efficacy is essentially the belief in our own ability to succeed in certain situations, pursue and reach our goals. It shapes our personality and has a major influence on how we approach challenges and goals.

Just consider your own goals. Do you see challenges as something you can master and believe that you will succeed? Or are you convinced that you will fail and so avoid challenges?

By successfully tackling hands-on experiences, Elia believed in his ability to solve his problem, reached his goal, completed the task, and achieved what he set out to do. That must have felt awesome!

Bandura says that ‘self-efficacy begins to form early in childhood and is an essential part of self-knowledge. As children have new experiences and gain new knowledge, they better understand themselves and others. Their experiences with different tasks, people, and situations help contribute to this always growing and evolving sense of self-efficacy.’

Indeed, studies show that people who have higher levels of self-sufficiency (i.e. see obstacles as opportunities to learn new skills and grow as a person) are more likely to recover quickly from setbacks and tend to be more intrinsically motivated and involved in the pursuit of their goals, both large and small.

Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan!

I hope that Elia will never let this feeling of freedom be taken away from him and that he will never allow his ideas to be restrained, but will keep pursuing his goals. But the chances are good because his mother has set an example by giving him the freedom to depict his monsters and make them accessible to the general public.

They say that where there is love, there is no need for education. Some parents like Hanna are truly amazing. She has shown her strong-willed child (Aren’t they all strong-willed? Stephanie Gruner Buckley in her article on ‘raising a lawyer’) what it means to take each other seriously, no matter if we’re big or small, and inspired him to follow his heart. She saw his willingness, compassion, and flair.

Thus she encouraged him in his ideas and helped him to realise his dreams — and turned him into a future change-maker.

Empower the kids!

At the age of six, Elia is already an entrepreneur without even knowing he wanted to be one. He had an idea and didn’t ask himself whether he could implement it. As an explorative child, he simply did it — with the help of digital technologies which his mom mastered. Meanwhile, he also launched a monster-style label and further expanded his little business by launching a print-on-demand shirt shop with his famous so-called ‘fake ninja’.

Final thoughts

I’m pretty sure that Hanna’s words and the positive affirmations from the little guy’s international clients will still be ringing in his ears in years to come. Because words can have such a massive impact and are a gift for a young, wild-at-heart child who naturally thinks outside the box and thinks big. Eventually, one day Elia’s passion and energy will belong to an amazing adult who has confidence and believes in his skills.

We can learn from this wonderful story and get inspired to dream big and just do, instead of dealing with all the ‘what ifs’, ‘shoulds’ and ‘cannot dos’.

Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan!



PS: Here’s the monster picture shop

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