Saturday, April 13, 2013
L is for Lose
There is a trend today to teach children that everyone is a winner. I'm a big fan of teaching children to love everyone, have a good time and relax while playing sports (parents need to learn this too) But I don't think we should have every game be a no-score, everyone wins situation. We will all lose at some point in our life. There will be people better than us. We might try our best and still not get the best grade, the promotion, or the book deal. Whether the other person is really better or if there were judgement calls that swung the tide in their direction there are times we lose. We need to teach our children that, and we better hope our parents taught us that. Publishing is hard. If we can't take the rejections then we'll never get published because we'll stop trying. So, in as nice a way as possible, teach your children to lose. And get ready to lose yourself. Hey, it will be good for you.