From the moment they are born, most children are all hope and potential for their parents. We search for a glimmer of a shining star in anything that they do. Throwing a toy is a future major league baseball player. Repeating the words sung on a radio tune is a future world class entertainer. Jumping and rolling is a future Olympic gymnast. To a greater or lesser degree we work to bring out the natural talents we see in our children, sometimes investing thousands of dollars to try to develop their skills. It’s what we want for our children, and as they grow, it’s often what our children want for themselves.
One of the best things of the U.S. culture is this belief in the right of the individual to capitalize on their natural talents. We want to afford everybody the opportunity to be all that they can be. So much so that even our U.S. Army adopted this as an ad campaign to recruit new blood into their ranks some years ago. From this belief, much of reality TV such as America’s Got Talent, American Idol, The X Factor, have developed a following. The fact that some of these shows originated in other countries only stands to prove that this belief is wide spread in other countries as well (mostly free-world republics).
Unfortunately, we all know that there isn’t much reality in reality TV. Individuals who become major league sports players, achieve fame and glory on the stage, or become Olympic athletes are few and far between. Many factors go into those opportunities and they don’t all involve getting the best and most talented people. Don’t squash the dreams of your little dancer by telling her she’ll never be a Rockette. Our children need to set their expectations high and work hard to achieve their goals. And they need to choose for themselves a path that they can be passionate about. I know accountants who have been passionate about accounting, and that has been where their major league season has been. I’m one of them. I’ve known doctors, lawyers, teachers, IRS agents, ministers, computer programmers, musicians, chefs, cooks, waitresses, writers, architects, homemakers, in fact, people in almost every field who have been passionate about what they do and that is where their major league season has been. Helping your child find their passion and developing their skill to play a major league season is a good thing. Just make sure that it is their dream, not yours.