As a mom and a former teacher, I have found this quote to be all too true. I have found all too often we are willing to tell our children how smart they are and how talented they are. We let them believe that if they know enough, they’ll make it in life.
The sad reality is it isn’t the smart ones or most talented who necessarily succeed. In fact as a teacher, I’ve often seen those fail. It’s the ones who work the hardest and make the best of what they have regardless of their circumstances.
We need to teach our children to have character enough to keep on in the face of adversity, to do what is right because it is right to do, to be willing to be better than average, to truly work toward being all that they could be.