We don’t like to think anything is impossible, but it is impossible to describe the responsibility and love your shoulder when you become a parent. You are ‘literally’ bringing another human being into the world – a living, breathing, excited, nervous and perfect human being – and it is your subsequently up to you to do your absolute utmost over the next 18 years and beyond to help them be the best version of them they can be by ensuring you offer the most important things to teach to your kids. You need to help them navigate the tricky world of society and be able to remain true to themselves and happy. It’s frightening.
This is the next generation of people. The next generation of social-changers, world-leaders, policy-makers, and world-savers. Knowing that, how are you meant to describe the responsibility you have.
Unfortunately, we can’t answer that. But what we can do, all of us, is pass on some of the valuable life lessons we’ve learned in the hope they will help guide our little ones to be successful in whatever way you interpret that word. So, here goes:
1. Never Give Up
It can be so tempting to give up on things. It’s the easy thing to do. Especially in today’s society when we crave instant-gratification. But it’s not over until you say so. It doesn’t matter if your a late-bloomer or a slower-learner, not happy in school or struggling to know who you are – so long as you do what’s right and lift others up, you’ll be the big winner in the end.
2. Respect Everyone
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to a billionaire or a coffee shop waitress, treat everyone with the same level of respect. The way you treat the littlest people is a testament to your true character. It doesn’t matter what someone does, what they look like, their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, their beliefs or opinions – respect people for who they are and you will be respected.
3. Ask More Questions
Never stop being curious. Never stop trying to learn more, understand more or boost your knowledge – these are the lifeblood of progress. If you want to learn more about human psychology, head to the library and bury yourself in a book.
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4. Failure Is Fuel
We love stories where people have turned their setbacks into success stories, and none is better than the Brian Acton story. In 2009, Brian applied for a job at Facebook and he was turned down.
Five years later he sold them WhatsApp for $19 billion. He didn’t get deterred by a setback or a perceived failure. He used it to fuel him. That’s a good lesson to learn.
5. Always Be Honest
When you grow, you pick up a little more tact in the things you say, how you say them and who you say them too. But it’s imperative you remain honest while doing so.
It’s not easy, but while we like caring about the feelings of others, we also believe a painful truth (that will help someone grow) is more desirable than a comfortable lie.