There a million things to teach your kids. So I figured I’d start a list of things that I personally want to pass on to my son and any siblings he may have. Is this overdone? Eh maybe. Nonetheless:
Never stop pursuing your dream job. You may not get it right out of school, you might have to work at a job you hate, and you’re going to have to work hard, but it’s more possible than ever to make a career out of something you love.
It’s OK to show emotion; in fact, it’s healthy. But always base your arguments on principles, NOT emotions.
Never be afraid to question and challenge; that’s how we grow and improve; but ALWAYS do so with respect.
Stand by your convictions, but have an open mind; it’s possible to do both.
“You have two ears but only one mouth”; LISTEN more.
If you want to look fancy wear a suit; if you want to be respected, be sincere.
Learn how to respectfully disagree; it’s a lost art.
Learn not to sweat the small stuff; there’s enough to worry about already.
Always give others the benefit of the doubt; you will avoid so much drama when you don’t jump to conclusions.
On the same token, don’t trash them behind their back; gossip does more harm than you think.
Find some form of physical activity that you enjoy and stick with it.
Technology is not bad, and it’s becoming more and more a part of our lives. HOW you use it is what’s important.
Just because you want it doesn’t mean you should have it; but just because you want it doesn't mean it's wrong either.
Don’t apologize if you weren’t wrong; apologize immediately and sincerely if you were.
You cannot make it alone; if you want to succeed in life, you must learn how to ask for help.
Love may start as a feeling, but it continues through a choice.
Strive to be an optimistic realist, or a realistic optimist; see the glass as half-full, but recognize there is room for more.
Surround yourself with other positive people; negativity will not breed success.
At some point in your life, you will have the opportunity to lead; do so through service.
True peace cannot be found without God.
There’s plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned!
What would you add?