“Our kids learn more from what we DO than what we SAY.”
You would agree with that statement, right?
Here’s what made me think about this…
About a week ago, our 9-year-old son Isaac had a basketball tournament.
Between games, I was eating a snack with Isaac, and one of his teammates walked up.
I had my iPad pro out checking a few things between games.
Isaac’s teammate asked me, “What are you doing?”
I replied, “Just working a little bit before the next game starts. Checking up on things.”
Then he asked, “Who do you work for?”
I chuckled and told the boy, “I don’t work for anyone, I work for myself and own my own business.”
He was shocked, and a little confused.
He literally said, “No, you don’t!”
And Isaac chimed in, “Yes, he does! My dad works on his computer and runs the Flipped Lifestyle!”
Finally, Isaac’s teammate said, “So, your like my dad’s boss, right?”
I winked and said, “Something like that.”
The boys ran off to play, but the conversation stuck with me all afternoon.
It seemed an innocent question, “who do you work for?”
But the WAY he asked it startled me.
He just ASSUMED that I worked for someone else!
Not “What do you do?” or even “What’s your job?” but straight to, “Who do YOU work FOR?”
Here was this happy-go-lucky, 9-year-old kid and when he wanted to know what I did for a living… he just ASSUMED I worked for someone else.
Because that’s all he knows — all he has ever SEEN.
The world, society, had already imprinted on him, “Hey, if you want to make a living, you must go work for someone else.”
A “You NEED a BOSS to live” mentality, “My dad works for someone else. So, I will work for someone else too.”
Now, there is nothing wrong with working for someone else, before we started our online business, Jocelyn and I worked corporate and government jobs.
And that is often the first step to something bigger and better.
But there IS something wrong with thinking that is the only way to live!
There is something wrong with thinking there is a ceiling, a cap, that limits what we can do on our own or how far we can rise!
On the way home, I asked Isaac, “how do you want to make a living and earn money someday?”
He had a half dozen answers, and all of them were running his own business.
Our 7-year-old little girl chimed in “I want to be a Vet! But I’m going to own the doggy hospital, not just work there!”
Our kids’ answers were much different.
Again, because of what the SEE every day.
Their default is owning their own business, controlling their destiny, making a living on their own.
That is their point of reference.
And even at this early stage of their life, their destination, their aiming point is totally different than it would have been if had remained employees instead of becoming employers!
The Bible says our children are like arrows for a warrior.
We are responsible for AIMING them toward their future, and unleashing them to fly forward and live to their full potential!
Where are you aiming your children?
What are you kids SEEING you do?
You are a great parent.
I know you are teaching them responsibility, punctuality, and work ethic.
But, what ELSE are they seeing?
Are they seeing one path?
Would your kids ask me “who do you work for?” or would they say “what do you do?”
Do they know there are other possibilities and futures out there for them?
Do they know they have OPTIONS?
Do you know that YOU have options?
Because you do.
Build a side business! Pursue your dreams! Start your own thing, even while you work for someone else!
Anything is possible. Whatever you want your life to look like, including how you make a living, is possible.
Not just for you, but for your kids too.
They just need to see you do it, or at the very least try, so they know its possible for them too!
Flip Your Life.
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