Thursday, May 19, 2011

Home Schooling - Drive - The Most Important Attribute




Song:  Locomotive Breath

Group:  Jethro Tull


As this is my 100th article...
I thought it most fitting to mark this milestone
with something that is...and always shall be...

THE MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTE...

DRIVE


By far...
the attribute most responsible for...
and most indicative of
 future success...

Drive.


Just as the relentless driving of the beat in the above song...
it is the relentless and passionate beat of Drive
pounding in his soul as he makes his way through life...

hungering for challenges...
thirsting for knowledge and experience...
stopping for nothing that does not further his goals...
that drives him relentlessly... and ever... forward.


Your child's unrestrained positive passions...
shall lead him on a magical journey
of self actualization...
the fulfillment of his self created...
destiny of excellence.


So long as the focus of his drive...
 is not practiced to the detriment of 
all other basic life and academic skills...
it is a positive addiction...
a positive spiral...
that which shall lead him to 
ultimate happiness in life.


It is to be encouraged with all your parenting skills.

He will learn so much about life through 
his mastery of that which are his passions...
as the same dedication may be applied
to every other aspect of life.

The true secret to living your life well
is to live every moment with passion...
to be pulled upwards and forwards
by the ever present foundational beats
of the orchestra of the soul...
that is...

Drive.



The thunderingly powerful beats of the drums...
mirrored by his heart and mind...
the steady and ever present thrumming of the bass...
mirrored by the urging of his soul...
not to be denied...
not to be quenched until...
satiation is achieved through
accomplishment of his goal...
whereupon it is once again renewed 
with his renewed goals.


To constantly live in the future...
viewing the movies of the mind...
plotting viable paths for one to follow to
best reach one's destination...
to constantly update
and refine...

to live between a constant state of excitement...
each new experience adding to the great adventure...
and adding that one more step toward
goal fulfillment...

and that of calm reflection...
satisfied in the heart that one has earned
the right to one's passions...
as one will have not squandered
them on frivolous
short term diversions...


this is to set the stage to live life to its fullest.




However,...
as powerful a force that is Drive...

a veritable 8,000 hp twin supercharged Dragster...

it will still go nowhere fast...
merely spinning its wheels...
in all its flaming and smoking glory...
without the traction of realism
(as seen by Reverse Planning the goal)

Reverse Planning

and the solid steering toward his goal
(Commitment).

Commitment



While it is true that drive must come from within...

parents can prepare the child's field of life by...

Plowing and Furrowing...

breaking up the ground
to allow growth of the desired plants
(giving your child a healthful start...
physically...emotionally...
through diet, exercise...and rest)...

Healthful Diet

Exercise I

Exercise II

Exercise III

Exercise IV

Exercise V

Exercise VI

Solitude


getting rid of the weeds and rocks
so growth is not hampered
(not giving in to protestations to the contrary...
for junk food...lack of desire to exercise...
only play video games)

The Battle of Wills


Planting of the seeds...

ensuring no seeds of...

 Doubt...
 Discontent...
Pessimism...
deep seated Fears
are allowed in the mixture.

Conquering Fears

You wish only...
 grade A...
premium seeds of...

Optimism...
Deferred Gratification...
Objective Reasoning...
Morals and Values...
 Aspirations and Dreams...
Empathy...
Love.

Optimism

Deferred Gratification

Objective Reasoning

Morals and Values

Concepts of Good and Right / Duty / Honor / Courage / Love

Aspiration

To Dream

Empathy

Love



With frequent...
 watering...
fertilizing...
and the warmth of the sun...
as evidenced through your
unrelenting love... affection...
and encouragement...
he will forever be on a Positive Spiral in life.

Positive Spiral

With these in place... actively encouraged
and demonstrated daily...
he cannot fail to develop...

DRIVE.


Post note:  At the risk of dating myself...
I cannot help but commenting once more
on the song used in this article...

Man...dig that crazy beat!  :)





2 comments:

  1. Interesting to read your thoughts on this topic. We have a long way to go to instill drive in our son. At what age did you see Alex's drive really come out?

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  2. He has always been very driven...however, it used to be very undirected...just with what had really interested him most at the time.

    With home schooling...we had seen a great increase with his drive toward academics as a whole. His age was about your son's age when he really started to like school (they started sending him to grades much higher than his own)...my wife has also always home schooled our son after regular school. He had asked for a subscription to a learning site online for his birthday present...he got it...along with other things, of course.

    My wife deserves most of the credit as she is his master instructor in academics.

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