You may have already seen this amazing audio piece by Jeff Cohen, who interviewed his two daughters aged 3 (Eva) and 5 (Sadie), about what seems to be a right of passage for little kids: the irrevocable decision to cut their own hair. Click here or on the picture to hear the story:
I think this is Women Well Loved-worthy because:
I love how Jeff talks to his daughters, asking them to describe their thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and conclusions. Though there was some yelling and reprimanding involved, the take-away for these girls is something like, ‘think first, before you act,’ and ‘learn from your mistakes.’ I love this instead of the more common alternative: ‘don’t make mom and dad angry,’ or ‘you’ll be punished if a risk you take doesn’t turn out, so don’t even try.’ Children of all ages (that’s including me) need to feel free to pursue their dreams, try things out, and experience failure as a natural part of life. If this desire to learn/grow/risk weren’t often ‘beaten’ out of us, I believe there’d be more people following their dreams (and more people who can cut their own hair!).
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.”
What are some areas of your life where you are looking to grow? (Career, relationships, finances, business, etc.) When you think about all the possible next steps you could take to move forward in that area, do you find any fear coming up? What are you afraid of, and why? What have you experienced over the course of your life that has shaped the way you feel about this? Has anything someone did or said made you afraid to take these risks? Do you think this belief is useful to you now? If not, change it!
“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”
Peter F. Drucker