What advice would you give your teenager about achieving goals today?
Now that there is such global insecurity in the workplace, and a degree isn't going to necessarily land a job, how could you encourage them with realistic ambition? How would your advice be practical?
My children are almost reaching teen age. From their childhood onwards we used to tell them the importance of studies.
As they are growing, I realise that paying attention to their studies only is not enough. But we need to prepare them to take care of themselves
Giving them small chores will help them to grow with confidence
I also encouraged them to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. By participating they have learned that it is not always possible to reach the top position and also to appreciate students who are doing better than them
Regarding job, I don't threaten them, but I always tell them to put their maximum into whatever they do and to try and analyse to perform better next time.
I would suggest the teenagers not to be in a hurry. Be patient, do not run after money through short cut process, grab all the opportunities (even small ones) and work on it seriously. It will add as a practical experience which will lead to achieve the actual goal.
I would tell them to not force themselves to obtain a degree after high school, to just take basic classes first and get them out of the way.
My father tried to push me into a degree program after I graduated. I didn't go, because I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. Three yrs later, I figured it out, but I just wish that I had went ahead and got the basic classes out of the way.
1. Take your time choosing a major.
2. Weigh the long term need for the field. (LibArt majors are not in demand.)
3. Choose a field you will be comfortable spending the next 40+ years in or one which offers escape in the form of advancement.
4. Carefully weigh the option of entrepreneurship.
5. Failure is not permanent. It is a learning experience.
6. Build bridges. You never know when they will pay off down the line.
7. Be honest. Cheating to land a spot will always backfire in the end.
8. Listen to your conscience. It will let you know if you cannot or should not choose this.
9. With help (parental or spousal) there will be a chance later to change your mind if this has truly been a bad choice.
10. I love you no matter what you choose.
Just in case you wanted my top ten.
Make reasonable goals. Don't expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter. And...be patient.
Tell them to set their priorities right..
Will tell them that they can be anything they want to be.
But they must be focus..
Hard work pays. There is no such thing as meal for lazy men
I will ask the to look around. The difference between the poor
and rich is Hard work, a good mindset, information, and character..
All of which you can not achieve if you don't listen to your parents,
if you make fun instead of book your friend.. And if you mix up with the
I would suggest that they do IT courses so that they are computer savvy, that they learn a few languages, that they are prepared to do any work that coms their way.
I would tell them that there is pride in self sufficiency (through any opportunities at any level of work in any 'business' that comes their way).
I would tell them to be versatile, keep an open mind.
Being informed (through the internet or by reading) is most important.
Going on courses to update their expertise is very useful.
Making and keeping in touch with friends and contacts is esssential.
Enjoy what they are good at but not depend on the expertise as a way to make a living, necessarily. (Keep that mind open).
One door shuts and a bigger door opens.
Do not be afraid.
Just go for it, wherever it is.
Get a job and get soem money behind your first - and save it. From there, spend that money making your dreams come true. My source? Being a freelance writer for the last six years, I made my dreams come true using this method. They're still on their way. Waiting for that next big break.
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