What did you want to be when you were a growing up ?
A Fireman? A Rock Star? A Brain Surgeon?
Imagine you are a child and your parent asks you “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
You say; “I want to be a rock star”
Your parent says; “No! You can’t do that! You can’t sing and you have no musical ability. You want to be a doctor!
The next day you meet a stranger and he ask; “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
You say” a rock star”
The stranger says “That’s awesome. You can do it. You can learn to play any instrument you want and with some coaching you could become a great singer. Keep working hard and nothing will stop you. Don’t forget me when you rich and famous!”
Who do you think will have more influence over you?
The stranger or your parents?
Often children have big dreams but then the parents will step in and discourage the dream with the best intentions. The parent might think that they know best. They might believe that it would be better if their children had more ambitious dreams than a fireman, or more realistic and achievable dreams than a rock star. They may with the best intentions encourage their children to follow a safer career path, like an accountant or a lawyer.
We are all just big children. When you want to increase your influence with any one, remember there are four words that every human being needs to hear, “I believe in you.”