His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! Matthew 25:21.
This verse totally confirms what I recently heard a speaker say at a leader’s conference. In one of the sessions, the speaker said something that every young person needs to hear:
Success is Earned.
He was actually talking to millenials when he made that statement, and I think it’s very applicable to even younger kids.
Your child is not owed success. Your child is not entitled to play the position he wants or get the promotion she feels she deserves at work.
Your child needs to learn that the only way to true success is to EARN it. He or she must understand the importance of being faithful in a few things, so that they can be entrusted with bigger things. That is the only way to really be successful in whatever they set out to do, whether it’s in a job, in a sport, or even in your family unit.
That means consistency in hard work and patience with the time that the process takes.
Your child needs to do her job on at work not to be noticed, but to be faithful. That’s a tough one for your child. She wants to get the recognition, the raise, and the promotion, but if she is only doing her job to get noticed and not to truly help the team, then she will probably not have true success.
Success is EARNED.
You can help your child learn this by first of all, recognizing it yourself, and second, helping your child understand that he is not owed anything. That hard work and time will ultimately bring him the success he wants.
If you’d like help in teaching your children the importance of learning success, I can help. I’m a life coach for parents. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.