Yesterday, I started a list of 6 ambitions I believe we must build into our kids. They are targets we should aim for as we teach, employ, lead, and parent the next generation of students. The first 3 are: Know yourself, develop your gift and value people. You may notice that these 6 ambitions are relevant for us adults to pursue as well. Here are the remaining 3…
4. Find Your Passion
By this I mean, we must help kids identify the issue that fires them up inside; the one that motivates them more than anything else. Everyone’s been created with at least one passion; some have more than one. We must fan these into flame. Unfortunately, many never discover their passion.
“Find a job you’re passionate about, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
5. Learn Perseverance
Today, kids have short attention spans. They have a Google reflex, and quit when things don’t work quickly. Watch closely and you’ll discover they often catch a disease of the mind. You might call it: “Excusitus.” We must prevent them from making excuses and stick with commitments till the end.
“It takes twenty years to be an overnight success.”
6. Pursue Excellence
It’s so easy for students to have a “good enough” mentality. Excellence is what good leaders introduce to them. Most students don’t perform excellence on their own. We must help raise the bar for students in at least one area of their life, and help them feel what excellence feels like.
“When we strive for excellence, we find that all kinds of resources follow that pursuit.”
I hope you know I am not suggesting these targets to push your kids/students into a performance trap. We obviously need to communicate to them that they’re valued and loved just for who they are. But I’m concerned that we are not intentional enough about balancing that message with the challenge to stretch, and become the best version of themselves they can be. May you find ways to do just that.
Do you have any other targets to add to this list?