This world owes us nothing. It really doesn’t. We have to earn everything. Most of my kids play sports. When my children used to play more at the recreational level, they would get a trophy at the end of each season just for showing up. Honestly, I didn’t like this much. Playing devil’s advocate, I can see how getting a trophy at the end of the season feels like an accomplishment. The child finished the season. The issue that I had with it was that the kids expected it no matter what. The parents pay the money (not the child of course), and the child gets a trophy. This doesn’t seem like a big deal and it really isn’t, but it can be a bigger deal on a larger scale.
I’ve noticed that some of the students at the college level have changed compared to years ago. I had a master’s degree student who was completing her clinical hours shadowing me one day. She was talking to a male student nurse. She asked him a question about a medication. He told her, “That’s what I pay you for. To give me the answer.”
What??? I think if my head could’ve twirled around on my neck, it would’ve. I was shocked at this response.
Just because you pay for college doesn’t mean you will be handed a degree. Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. You have to work for each letter grade and each credit toward that precious piece of paper called a degree. (And PS, you will have to work even harder after you graduate to make things happen for yourself.)
Student of the Month
My nine-year-old son, Jy, said to me last week, “I told Mrs. S that I’m going to be good and work hard all week next week so that I can get Student of the Month.”
(PS Jy, You should be good and work hard all the time says your mama!)
Mrs. S told him that if he worked hard and was good all week, he would get Student of the Month.
I love the initiative Jy took. He told the teacher exactly what he wanted AND what HE was going to do to EARN it. He didn’t say, “Mrs. S, why don’t you GIVE me Student of the Month?”
You want something? Be bold and find a way to earn it.
Go After What You Want. Don’t Wait for It to be Handed to You.
Now, it’s your turn. What is it that you really want right now? Our wants always change, so don’t think too far ahead. Think about what you really want right now. List 3-5 steps you can take to get it. I like listing steps because I can check them off as I complete them. Checking each step off will get me one step closer to my goal(s) or what I want.
Go work on those steps. Nothing will be handed to you (like that trophy at the end of a sports season- nope those good ol’ days are over), but you can EARN whatever you choose to work hard for. 💪
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