Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fighting Spirit: An Indicator Of True Drive



Song:  Rock Meets Rachmanioff

Group:  The Piano Guys

(I will often incorporate this song, not only because I love it so much...
but because it matches how I feel as I speak in this article...
 as it matches the fighting spirit of my son, Alex).



Alex studying for an upcoming exam while suffering through 
a headache, a slight fever, lethargy, and congestion.

Even though his mother had told him to just stay in bed and relax today...
Alex decided to study, as the upcoming exam is an important one.

As he wasn't feeling well...
he only studied for 6 hours today...
but as he could have just relaxed in bed...
instead, his natural fighting spirit, as a result of his drive to achieve...
simply wouldn't allow him to give in to his discomfort

(As his mother loves to cuddle with Alex as they watch
some of his favorite educational shows...
she is also ill...
and so, has been in bed all day).


As Alex is self motivated and self driven
(especially considering this is a Saturday)...
he insists on studying even when ill...
unless he is bedridden due to extreme illness.

(If he has an especially high fever, extreme symptoms of any sort...
 is vomiting or has loose bowels...
we ensure he stays in bed...and we closely monitor his temperature...
fluid intake, color of fluid output...as well as his other objective symptoms).


When someone has a dream...
he pursues it relentlessly.

His heart drives him forward...
regardless of the sacrifices on the path to the achievement his dreams.

After Alex's studies...
and as he still had a moderate appetite...
we went out to our favorite Korean restaurant.


We started out with a Korean Pancake for an appetizer.


Alex then had Katsu Chicken.


I had Kalbi.

After we returned home...
Alex took a hot shower...
and I had given him one dose of Thera-Flu
so it would take away his headache and congestion...
so he could get a good nights sleep

(actually, I also took a dose, as I also do not feel so well...
except I also have body aches).

As he has a blacked out bedroom window...
he may just sleep in until he naturally awakens.


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Notice my title...

Fighting Spirit:  An Indicator Of True Drive


The word I had made in bold font is key to understanding
how to best engender 'fighting spirit'.


When a child has a true dream to fulfill...
he will naturally be fully engaged in its achievement.

So...
while a child may be told to keep striving...
it will take constant effort on his part to keep up his pace.

In the end...
anything which takes energy...
eventually runs out.

The far superior way to teach a child to strive for his dreams
is to give him a truly magnificent dream to pursue.

This will give him an inner drive...
one which doesn't take energy to pursue.

A true dream gives a person more energy...
the more he pursues it.

This is why those with a true dream seem to have 
endless amounts of energy in the pursuit of their dreams...
and why they practice so often...
even to the exclusion of what others may see as 'fun'.

For a child with a true dream to pursue...
mere 'fun' is a momentary distraction to experience on occasions.

He knows the deep and everlasting satisfaction of chasing a true dream...
one that only increases in depth and satisfaction the further he travels.



Give your child a magnificent dream to pursue...
it then becomes a simple matter of reverse planning from his dream...
back to him.

By establishing the route to his dream...
he will revel in accomplishing all of the objectives...
as each shall take him closer to his goal.

Remember...
the goal is not doing well in a particular test...
or even in school...
these are merely objectives toward the completion of his goal.

His intermediate goal should not only be the achievement of his dream profession...
he should strive to be a world renown expert in the field...
one who, because he thoroughly understands his subject...
may, one day, teach others directly and/or indirectly through his writings.

All else are stepping stones toward that goal.


In short...

Dream the magnificent dream...
you will then have the energy of the mythological Greek gods to pursue it.

This is truly living.












2 comments:

  1. Alex's drive is very impressive. That he grasps the magnificent dream, as you put, seems rare for someone of his age. I don't think most children can truly plan so far ahead.

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  2. Alex seemed to know what he wanted when he was very young, I believe when he was around 6 or 7 years old.

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