Sunday, January 23, 2011

Why do we teach our children in life that having things easy or effortless is bad?

Let me explain, everyone of us has a talent in something. I think it’s up to each one of us to figure out our purpose in life. As a parent we all want the best for our children so we should guide them to follow their passions and dreams. When we follow our passions it should feel effortless.

But the current school curriculum does not encourage anything but follow the outdated course material. It’s not the teacher’s fault. They are trained to follow the book that’s their job.

Who creates this course material? Government!

Do they have a pulse of the changing landscape? No!

Meaning Baby Boomers are not the largest demographic any more. Yes they are usually in a leadership role but they really do not understand the new world. Gen X has grown up with the internet. This group completely understands the power and reach of the web. They understand the power of building an on-line community. One of the most important elements today is the power of online content. People/companies do research on everything so if you have a product or service it’s your responsibility to provide consistent accurate content to share with your community.

Our current education system is designed to train us to work for the big company because that’s what you were supposed to do. NOT today!

Think about your favourite school experiences!

For me that was the teacher that said it’s a beautiful day lets do the lesson sitting on the grass outside. I remember feeling the wind and the smell of the fresh air.

Thank you Mr. Marshal!

He understood that the rules did not always make sense when the ultimate outcome is to learn from experiences. That’s why today I still remember this. What is life all about….?


Our schools need to teach that learning involves a mutual opportunity to share and listen with our children. Not a dictatorship.

We are taught from an early age to follow the rules. What happens when we don’t follow the rules?

We get punished.


Because taking a different path is not comfortable for schools or companies. Life is much easier to manage if we all do the same thing. So just follow the rules. LOL!

But….what if the rules do not make any sense for today?

What if the landscape has changed with technology and knowledge that we can truly follow our passions?

Does this change everything?

I think so.

As a parent we should guide our children to follow their effortless path. Our world will be much more positive don’t you think?

What happens when we enter the workforce after University?

We create a resume to get a job for the company.

What form does it take?

The same form that everyone else uses because that’s what you are supposed to do. Did we not create the CV for the job that wants you to follow the rules?

But what are employers really looking for? Something Different?

The next Richard Branson, Bill Gates with unique and valuable assets to the company. However you have to get past the manager or HR person that really does not understand the goal of the CEO.

Change must start with parents and lets start encouraging are children to follow their effortless path. The fact they can’t exceed in math or English does not really matter on the big picture, does it?

So what are you going to do?

Teach your children to follow the script or follow their dreams? Or teach them to recognize their strengths and if they really enjoy something and/or it feels effortless to not feel shameful but to follow this path?

Make it a great day!

By Kyle McGuffin

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