Whether or not you are a Tim Tebow fan, you cannot help but appreciate his determination to overcome opposition. Take 30 seconds and watch this commercial:
It’s a good thing Tim didn’t listen to the nay-sayers. I wonder what his parents were saying to him when everyone else was saying “you can’t“?
What do you say to your kids when someone tells them they can’t? Somewhere along the way, someone is going to crush your kid’s dreams, disguising it as “reality.” Whether it’s music, sports, acting, writing, or becoming president of the United States.
Parents sometimes do the dream-crushing too–with the best of loving intentions, of course. After all, we’re just trying to protect our kids from disappointment, right?
Tim Tebow used the opposition to fuel his determination. And that may work for a lot of kids.
But don’t be the dream-killer for your children in hopes of motivating them to work harder.
Life will do enough dream-crushing on its own without parental help. Let them dream. Let them have high hopes.
When my son was little, he wanted to be the next Dan Marino. He’s 20 now. He plays D3 college football. He doesn’t care about being Dan Marino anymore. When he’s done with college, he wants to use sports to help sick kids.
But that childhood dream of being like Dan started him in a direction that has shaped the man he is today.
I’m sure he would have been a different person if we’d made him face reality: “Um…the truth is, TJ, that you probably won’t ever be like Dan Marino. So don’t even bother trying. Sorry, kid.”
But fortunately, we kept our mouths shut. We let life re-shape his dream.
Will you let your child dream big?