When I was a teenager my grandfather told me that an idea that I had for taking off people’s junk and recycling and reselling it was a terrible idea. “No one wants to let you take their junk if they can sell it.” He said shutting down my ambition for starting my own business. About six years ago I came across a book telling about how two men made millions creating the kind of business that I had envisioned as a high school student. To think that maybe it could have made me a millionaire today if I had been encouraged back then.
You should encourage your children even if they are going to fail. This sounds counter intuitive but if you think about it, it teaches them to get through failure. Famed basketball player Micheal Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team and he did not give up. For hours after school he practiced to make himself better every day of the week. The following year he made the team and then went on to college and the NBA. He has said, “I have succeeded because I have failed.”
When you shoot down your child’s ambitions you are killing dreams and dooming them to a life of mediocrity. Let your children dream and follow their dreams. They may even find the happiness that you couldn’t because someone shot down your dreams. Imagine what a difference it makes to be encouraging and positive for your kids, it could give them an amazing future. Please don’t shoot down your child’s ambition.