The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is in every headline around the world today. Articles, news reports and tributes are all focused on his amazing contributions to our lives through his innovative approach to technology.
Many are saying Mr. Jobs will be placed in the top 10 most influential people of our time.
Aside from his enormous success through bringing unheard of change to the world of communication there is another valuable contribution he made to us as a society…especially to parents.
Imagine for a moment if Steve Jobs' parents had forbid him his passion to be creative and innovative. What if he had been forced to follow a different path? What if he hadn’t been raised with self-confidence and encouraged to be “who he was”? Think about how different your life and mine would be right now had he not been one to recognize and follow his dream.
We are all born with greatness inside us. We may not all be destined to be a “Steve Jobs” but our unique gifts and talents are none the less important and should be treated as such.
It is our right as human beings to pursue what brings us happiness and joy. Mr. Jobs didn’t live a very long life in terms of years but he lived a fulfilling life.
During his time here on earth he did exactly what he was designed to do and one can’t ask for more than that.
Parents must be keenly alert to and encouraging of the dreams and passions of their children. Pay attention to what they are drawn to. Provide as many opportunities as possible to explore. When they show interest in something encourage further investigation either through the internet, books or even first-hand experience when possible.
A healthy parenting mindset is always conscious of the bigger picture because that is where our greatness is cultivated. Pay less attention to the orderly condition of their bedrooms and more attention to the curiousness of their minds. Be flexible with expectations and be open to exploration. And above all be ever so mindful to never be guilty of blocking the blessings your child was given.
Who knows, you may just be raising the next Steve Jobs!