“I want to be a millionaire.” How many teens have your heard say this? They say this rarely knowing the work that goes into making those millions. You want to make a million doing what? “I don’t know” is often the reply. Some teens want to be successful without the first clue about how to get there almost like they expect it to fall into their lap.
Anything worth getting is worth fighting for the old saying goes and being a success no matter how your teen chooses to define that is no exception. Almost nothing is handed to someone without some blood, sweat and tears, many tears. It can sometimes seem like it is so easy when you watch the behind the scenes of a famous life. This is the impression people got when watching Andre Agassi or The Williams sisters play tennis, that it was so easy for them. However, if asked what they do most days, it is practice. When they are doing other things, they are conscious of how it affects their ultimate goals so substance use, not getting enough rest or even their nutrition is all part of their job. Their dedication to their ultimate goals is evident in everything they do. This requires years of invested hard work to produce what looks effortless on ESPN. view clip
In order for your teen to be successful, help them understand what successful people do; how they behave and how they go about structuring that success -documentaries and auto/biographys can help with this. When they mention a career field they are interested in have them look up the education requirement or the experience that helps you get there. Encourage them to call someone in the field so they can have a mentor or sit in on classes being taught in the subject over the summer.
Nothing falls into anyone’s lap, but with hard work and commitment it can seem like everything is going your way when you position your lap to catch the rewards of a lot of hard work.
Do You by Russell Simmons
What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson
Make it Happen: The Hip Hop Generation Guide to Success by Kevin Liles
Adekemi O. Oguntala, MD