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Do you believe?
I recently did a talk at a graduation, in which I was very candid. I guess that’s nothing new—Candid, that’s me. I asked parents to go home and do introspection. Introspection guided by the following questions:
• Do you believe in what you’re telling your kids?
• Would you follow you?
• Are you your child’s hero?
• Can they look at your life and confidently say, “I want THAT life?”
How many of us stayed in school, got a decent job and followed the status quo only to find out that “my life is kinda boring”? Or even worse, how many of us after getting super certified, are sitting in an office just to earn an income so the bills can be paid? The job doesn’t even have anything to do with the years of schooling, but we must do it because we take what we can get?
How many of us are telling our children to dream big and be anything they want to be while we sit and take what we can get? Do we really believe in the words coming out of our mouths? Or are we saying them like parrots on sticks? Are our words just another product of the production line we’ve gotten ourselves into?
Truth is, I respect the parent that says, “Don’t be like me, you are better than I am.” At least they’re starting off with honesty. But even those parents, are they stepping back and moving out of the way so that their kids can truly soar?
If your child showed real potential from an early age to be a soca star (barring your value system), would you encourage it? Or would you follow the production line and urge them to follow a more traditional aka boring and unfulfilling path?
The key to success is not wrapped up in the choice of industry. There are poor lawyers, poor accountants, and poor doctors. Success lies in being the very best in the industry and holistic lifelong success lies in being fulfilled emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and financially. That kind of success isn’t limited to any one industry, but rather in realising your God-given purpose. Each of us were born with a gift, something we do better than anyone else with ease. It consumes our mind, we get excited by the thought of it, and we are energized when we do it. When we use our gift to lead our career path chances of success will be much greater.
Top that gifting with good old-fashioned work ethic, discipline, and all the general attitudes that are needed for success and you’ve got yourself a game changer. You’ve got yourself a kid that’s gonna be written down in history.
But first, you’ve got to believe that YOU gave birth to such a kid. You’ve got to believe that the child in front of you was made for something big. The child in front of you was not made to be another invisible member of the production line.
They were born with a big purpose. Help them to figure it out and then go chase after it together.
Marsha L Walker
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