WHO INSPIRES YOUR CHILDREN?
“Serving and attempting to inspire others is a responsibility, not a choice.” Bill Courtney
This week I was extremely humbled to be named among the most inspirational Scottish female Fintech leaders! This got me thinking about what inspiration really means with reference to children.
The dictionary describes inspiration as “a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, that gives you new and creative ideas”. If you describe someone or something good as an inspiration, you mean that they or it makes you or other people want to create and/or achieve something meaningful.
Delving into who inspires children, I uncovered research from the Future Leaders Trust which carried out a survey of over 6,000 school children in the UK, where children were asked to choose their top three most inspirational people.
The most popular responses overall were mothers, fathers and friends as one of their top three most inspirational people
• 34% of students chose ‘my mum’
• 22% of students chose ‘my dad’
• 55% of students chose at least one family member
The survey results suggest that children are most inspired by the people with whom they have close, personal relationships.
This is powerful stuff. These findings allude to the fact that the family has within its power the ability to nurture its members to reach their full potential.
The way we should inspire our children is by teaching them that no dream is too big if you get up, plan and do it.
Do not quash their dreams, let them try out stuff. Teach them how to plan to achieve the things they want. Expose them to your own planning sessions and activity. Dream together, and most importantly celebrate both success and failure together. The biggest lesson they can learn from this is how to get up from setbacks and dust themselves off for the next attempt.
At MoneyMatiX we are big on role modelling and trying out stuff. We spend a good amount of time working on Hack-days and Hackathons, events which provide young people with dragon’s den styled experiential learning. We are currently planning our next big Hackathon Challenge in November. When we are interviewing mentors one of the key elements we look out for is the mentors knack for allowing dreams to be formulated. Because dreaming is the beginning of all creativity and creativity allows us to break moulds.
Please drop us a comment on what you are doing to inspire your family.
For a dose of inspiration contact us if you would like your child to participate in our next hackathon event @moneymatix.