As much as I hate giving David credit for stuff, I am forced to give him credit for this video. You know, he really doesn't deserve credit, now that I think about it. It's not like he was in the video, or he filmed the video. He just sent it to me. So no credit is due.
In case you're too lazy busy to watch it, I'll quickly tell you what it's about. (To be honest, I didn't watch the whole thing either, because I'm also very lazy busy.) But what I did watch was incredibly moving.
This guy was speaking at some school graduation. I don't know if it was college, grad school, medical school, whatever. By the sound of his voice I'm assuming it wasn't high school. Okay, so I didn't really pay attention that well. But I did kinda listen to what he was saying, and wow, was it powerful!
He spoke about the secret to his success. He gave one very special person all the credit to helping him become who he is today.
That person was his father.
Because of his father's example as a very hard-working man, he learned what it means to put forth effort in order to get what you want.
But what I found even more special was the way he spoke about his father's use of motivation. Whatever that means.
His father used to constantly build him up and tell him he could do anything. He told his son he was smart. Whatever he wanted, he could accomplish with diligence and hard work. And all kinds of stuff like that.
You know, I really hope I got that right because as I type this, I'm seriously doubting if I remember that speech correctly.
In any case, my point is the same.
Every parent wants to see his kid succeed. But what many parents don't realize is how much of the kid's success is tied into the parent's moral support and motivation.
Giving your kid constant reminders about putting forth effort, believing in himself, pushing himself to do better and better - all these things impact your kid in a very deep way.
Building your kid up is the secret to his success in life.
Let's not take it for granted that our kids may be smart, or they may already be doing well in school. Every kid needs constant positive reinforcement and building up.
G-d willing, one day all of our children will look back on their childhoods and remember our support as being one of the most influential aspects of their success.
Here's another secret: even if your kid isn't doing well in school, and he's not making any effort, that's even more reason to lie to them and give them all that positive reinforcement. You'll see that just by saying wonderful things to them, they will become the hard-working kid that actually does their homework. Supposedly. I mean, I'm not making any promises here.
But it if works, please let me know!
Don't wait another minute to tell your kids how wonderful, smart, talented, hard-working, and beautiful they are!
Oh, and this little secret also works for women! For example, if your wife isn't the best cook, compliment her cooking as you choke down her overdone hamburgers that are dry like the Sahara desert.
Better yet, take her out for dinner.
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