Prior to my latest seminar, A parent approached me and asked, “What would you say the secret is to raising super successful kids?” I was taken aback. I was thrilled that someone had enough confidence in me and my reputation to ask me a question like that. With a notebook and pen in hand, the parent waited excitedly for my response. The answer that I gave was pretty lengthy. One that had to be divided into sections before anyone could understood it in its totality.
The beginning stages are quite simple. When you look at successful kids, they are well grounded individuals. They have a healthy home environment, and are exposed to activities and events that stimulate thought. These events should improve a child’s physical, mental and emotional development. Games such as chess would be a good example. Something as simple as visiting the library weekly would be another. The goal is to stimulate ideas that allow children to find out what they are good at and what they would enjoy doing for the rest of their lives. Once that is identified, then you are well on your way to developing super successful kids.
Guidance is what is needed from parents. If your know what your child wants to become, as a parent you must research that profession as much as you can. You must then work side-by-side with your child until the goal or dream is realized. So, as you can see, the formula for success is easy, putting in the time and energy to work the formula is the hard part.
I remember when my step son came to live with me five years ago. He told me that he wanted to be a professional baseball player when he grew up. I was elated to hear it because I played college baseball. When we went out to the baseball field for the first few practices, I can recall him missing virtually every ball that I threw to him, and not being able to hit the ball when I pitched to him. Well in five short years, at age 14, he has developed into one of the best baseball players in the state of Georgia. He is now the starting outfielder for the Elite Gamers out of Stockbridge, Georgia. The Elite Gamers are a 14U travel baseball team that is considered one of the top traveling teams in Georgia. Hopefully, within four to eight years, he will be a professional baseball player.
When you think of how Tiger Woods, Venus and Serena Williams, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates became super successful, once you do the research, you will find, it all started with their dream and was realized with their parents guidance and direction.