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 most inspirational scottish female fintech leader and it got me thinking about what is the real meaning of inspiration and who inspires my children? 

The dictionary description for Inspiration is a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, which gives you new and creative ideas.

If you describe someone or something good as an inspiration, you mean that they make you or other people want to achieve something. 

Delving into who inspires children, I uncovered research from the Future Leaders Trust who carried out a survey of over 6,000 school children, in which students were asked to choose their top three most inspirational people. The expectations that adults set for children are known to be a factor in shaping their future educational outcomes. The survey results suggest that children are most inspired by the people with whom they have close, personal relationships: their mothers, fathers and friends. 

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 

This is powerful stuff. These findings allude to the fact that the family has within its power the ability to nuture 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 wake up, plan and do it. 

Do not quash their dreams, let them try stuff. Teach them how to plan to achieve the things they want. And actively show them yourself planning to achieve stuff too. Dream together, and most importantly celebrate failure together, the biggest lesson they can learn is how to get up and dust off so welcome the fails and dream big. 

At MoneyMatiX we are big on role modelling and trying stuff. We spend half our time working on Hack-days and Hackathon events and we are currently planning our next big Children’s Entreprenuerial 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 fomulated. Because dreaming is the begining of all creativity and creativity allows us to break moulds. 

For a dose of inspiration contact us if you would like your child to participate in our next inspirational event. 

In the mean time drop us a comment on what you are going to inspire your family with this month. 

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