When you can’t wreck it, just learn from it

A few weeks ago, I put out a request for readers to share stories of practical ways we can prepare students for adulthood. I was finishing up the manuscript for my new book, Artifical Maturity, and wanted to include real-life examples from people around the world.

The response was absolutely overwhelming! I’m so thankful for everyone who took time to share ideas. There were so many more than could be included in one chapter of a book. But I wanted everyone to hear these great ideas. So here’s the plan: over the course of next year, I’ll share a story that someone submitted. I hope you find them as challenging and helpful as I did!

Here’s this week’s story:

I think about the time my father came to me while I was in middle school and brought me a box home from his work.  It was an entire car engine (a blown engine from a small Fiat car) and it was never going to run again.  He placed it on our back paver bricked patio (probably to the chagrin of my mother) and told me to tear it apart, figure out how it works, and try to put it together again.  I loved it.  I couldn’t wreck it, but just learn from it.  It was not only fun, but gave me a love to learn how things work.  To this day I have replaced a blown engines in my own car, worked as a mechanic for a summer while in college, and still do much of my own repairs.  That task my father gave me was more than a summer project to keep me busy as a 12-year-old boy.  It gave me confidence to work with my hands that has never left me.

Dan Miller
Ramsey, MN


When you can't wreck it, just learn from it