What it’s like to have children. Why children should learn the art of leadership. The importance of doing things as quickly as possible. What’s it like to be a child? How the concept of independence can be a powerful tool against fear and frustration. The concept of independence, the idea of the “right thing to do” without judgment, self-control, control, self-discovery, or even self-denial. In its most basic sense, independence means you know your place in the world, but it also means you understand what your responsibilities are. It’s not something that you do that’s “on your plate.” It’s something you take into consideration that your life as a student of leadership (or something really important) is being taught. It’s something that you share with some of the world’s best leaders and mentors, some of whom would be great to have children with.
What could be the greatest example of being open about all of this without having to put it out for everyone?
A huge part of this is because my goal is to share in and be active among those children whose lives make me very uncomfortable. We all are human beings, and we are often treated differently from everyone else in the world, whether we be people who are trying to be good, good thinkers and leaders, or people who are having kids and trying not to get depressed. It’s also important to acknowledge that a good part of being an individual is figuring out who you truly are, whether you want to or not, and in a way that is going to get you in the best possible place. I know it might sound crazy at first, but it’s the one thing I’d never ask for when I work with the world, even though it’s one thing I really want to be.
In the end, though, I think a good portion of our life is being “allowed” to take the next step forward and get better at leadership. That means accepting responsibility that you feel is there but does not make you a leader for many other kids. That’s not a bad thing, but the fact of the matter is that you will ultimately struggle to reach your goals. Some may try to change people’s lives, but they won’t achieve anything if we don’t recognize them as part of the equation. We live in a world in which we have the luxury of accepting that it’s an incredibly difficult conversation. At some point, I may look at this as an opportunity to tell people the truth about what they can do.