It’s in all of us – it’s bred into us – it’s apart of who we are and why we achieve. Young Elliott is in his second summer of YMCA swim lessons, his natural progression is astonishing, its fun to watch at a distance, the determination, drive, development of confidence and the natural competitive spirit that is inside all of us reach the surface and be visible. As we mature, we mask the spirit with trash talk, down playing, subside with the negative forces of life and often give up just before success happens. Parenting is challenging on a daily basis, you are never ready, there is no right answer – but – there is consequence for every action, both good and bad. I think it is important for kids to experience a wide variety of endeavors and social classes in an effort to help find their own way, discover their own interests, acknowledge their own talents and be guided and supported by parents. Many ask why Elloitt doesn’t show animals – the answer is, he hasn’t asked to do that yet! He may never show animals – but if he does, we will be supportive. We have learned a lot by having animals – they are great teaching tools – and have served his mother and I well in the development of our lives and careers. God Bless the development of agricultural youth organizations like 4-H and FFA – It’s not just goats and shows, it’s about the development of contributing citizens that will insure a better way of life for future generations. Many ask why are goats so high, the answer falls somewhere in the recognition of the fundamental build of human nature and competitive spirit. You can ask this same question in other areas, why are basketball shoes so expensive, why do golf clubs cost so much, and so on – the answer is simple! Every parent wants the best for their kids and any advantage a parent can give their kid will be sought. If a kid likes baseball, a parent will likely pick up some lessons and an improved glove, gear or bat. Likewise, if a kid wants to show goats, a parent will try to find the best one available to put their kid in the best possible position to have success – it’s the cost of doing business and business is good – it’s the best business – the kid business. Kids have a natural competitive spirit and any investment in kids is a good investment. Lets not forget the most important ingredient for success – HARD WORK – Hard Work always pays off – literally or educationally – Hard Work grows the Wisdom Bank and that is the best bank to invest in – PERIOD. “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a Wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” – Roy H. Williams
And Finally – “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss
Lets all embrace the competitive spirit on this fine Thursday – Throw back the old and welcome in the New – Here comes Friday and the only thing better than Friday is Next Friday!