“Hollywood Bowl”. Two rounds of fairly competitive bowling… and yours truly came in third. Out of three. For the second week in a row. To suggest I’m woeful at bowling is a gross understatement. Thankfully, few things give me more pleasure than watching my kids get untold amounts of joy at kicking their old man’s backside. You can see the champions “lording” it up over me by clicking here.
After taking my daughter to Stagecoach for her performing arts, I sat down at the kitchen table with my son who obliged to wipe the floor with his “entrepreneurial” father playing “Cashflow”, the financial education game from Robert Kiyosaki. The premise of the game is to get out of the rat race – the place where we’re all programmed to work harder and harder for money, and into the “fast lane”, where you get to learn and deploy the strategies adopted by the rich to get money working for you rather than you working for money.
So much for my entrepreneurial prowess – firmly put into place by a 13 year-old in a “onesie” (see how hard he tries to hide his delight by clicking here)
“Cashflow” is all part of a deliberate “head start” strategy I’m adopting with my son. I’ll be doing the same with his younger sister in time.
The strategy begins with me and my education. Ever heard of “develop the owner not the business”? Try “develop the parent to develop the child”. How different the world would be if parents were willing to live by that philosophy. Sadly, too few do. Most adults think their role is to teach their kids what they “know”. Just like a business will always be constrained by the current thinking capability of its owner, nothing limits a child more than being condemned to inheriting the belief systems and thinking capability of a parent.
If I limit my kids to what I know today, I’ll handicap them for the rest of their lives. Most adults live as if they’re the finished article and they’ve no need to learn, or just can’t be bothered to learn because they’ve “done their time” in education. If I were to model that attitude to my kids, they’ll not take a never-ending thirst for growth and self-improvement into their lives and they’ll never be all they could be as a consequence.
That’s not a legacy I choose to be associated with.
I’m still learning. God knows I’ve got so much to learn. That’s the interesting thing about someone who takes self-education seriously enough to make it a priority in their life; as you become increasingly more self-aware, you become aware that the more you know…the more it reveals how little you know. That’s what feeds an insatiable appetite for growth. That’s why I choose to be a constant work in progress in my life. And that’s why few things gives me more pleasure than spending Saturday afternoon sitting alongside my son, not as a teacher but as a fellow student, to get the financial education I didn’t get from school…and I know he isn’t either.
It’s the sweetest of ironies that in the very act of being the student rather than a teacher, I bring my son the greatest teaching of all.
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