Last year I asked my son, who was 6 at the time, what he wanted to be when he grew up. He responded, “Nothing!” Oh, my goodness, I thought…the son of Mr. Motivator doesn’t wasn’t to be anything when he grows up?! I can’t take this. I have to spend some time with him and push him and have him be more focused on goals and have a plan. THEN I realized he was only 6.
We parents all want what’s best for our children. We want to see them grow up and be successful. We want to brag to our friends about the accomplishments of our kids, and we hope that they will be more successful than we are.
At the end of the day, folks, success is about being the best you can be at whatever you are doing. Part of what shapes us are all those experiences we have as a kid. Grant will have plenty of time to figure out what he wants to do; right now, his time is best served being a kid and forming positive memories about his childhood. I will set the best example I can for him, and I know he will turn out just fine. Right now, he’ll learn more from my going on a bike ride with him than making him read a book on entrepreneurship or pushing him to do something he’s not ready for.