Better Versions…

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My Mom always likes to say that our kids are supposed to be better versions of ourselves, and she’s got a pretty good point… 

From a parents perspective, we all know the mistakes that we have made with our lives. Ideally, we have learned from our shortcomings and do our best to implement a disciplined structure that will help prevent our children from going down the wrong path we are all to familiar with… 

Yet, as parents and mentors, we also know that when we over step our bounds and try to force children into a way of life they clearly are resistant to, complete and total rebellion is a very real possibility.

So the question then becomes: how do we get kids to not F up the way we did without firing a ball and chain on their leg or putting them up in a cage?

Just as our actions of the past taught us how NOT to act, our actions of the NOW teach kids how to act.

Yes, I realize we preach this ALL THE TIME on the Daily Hustle, but kids don’t follow words, they follow ACTIONS… When we show them how to constructively and actively live a life predicated on education and experience, we give them the ultimate blueprint for success.

Yet, just because the architect drew the plans, that doesn’t mean the house is going to get built…

There is an entire process that begins with getting the plans approved. Once we get the go ahead, the foundation can finally be laid and we can begin the lengthy build which comes with regular inspections to ensure the original blueprint is followed. Every now and again we will receive a change order which will undoubtedly delay the project and can be extremely costly… But in order to satisfy the clients/kids, the changes are a MUST.  

Let us all remember, just as our dude Fredrick Douglas said… 

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  

Although many of the core techniques and materials remain the same, we wouldn’t build a house the same way today as we would have 50 years ago. Well, the same is true with both kids and houses… While maintaining the integrity and tradition of the building process, today’s models should be much better versions.

-EB