The Good News
Countless studies indicate that SUCCESS is not contrived by the caliber of your school, your grades or even your IQ. Success occurs as a culmination of emotional, problem-solving and intellectual skills that are largely learned during childhood. The other good news…
In the United States, it is not necessary to attend a”ranked” school to be successful or obtain a great job. Studies suggest that being in a smaller school can actually be more beneficial because there’s a higher likelihood of mentorship between student and teacher. Being the “big fish” in a little pond is a better scenario than being overwhelmed in a “top school.” As Julie put it, “We must believe that they can get a great education at any number of universities.”
What We Can Do
To conclude the lecture, Julie gave the audience the ultimate take away. These are the two best things that each of us can do for our kids to help them become successful adults:
1 – Give them chores.
2 – Teach them to love.
Really. It’s that simple. And if you’re like me, your intuition has known it all along. But here’s a little more research to back it up:
The longitudinal “Harvard Grant Study” (one of the longest studies of humans ever conducted) found that success in life comes from having done chores as a kid. The earlier the kid started, the better. When our kids are too busy to do chores, we eliminate the biggest factor for success. The Harvard Grant study also found that happiness in life equals LOVE. Not passion, LOVE. Love of people and love of human experience. If there’s anything that we can do for our kids, it’s to teach them compassion, work ethic and the love that can be found at home.
By Elisha Exon **This article appeared originally on Daily Crackle, published with permission.