Create Success at Home

Creating and cultivating a culture of success is vital. This is true whether at work, in college, and at home, especially if you have children.

You can create a culture of success in your own home. Ask yourself what kind of messages you’re sending to your children.

Assuming your family sits down together at the dinner table, which is very important, ask yourself what messages you’re conveying to your kids. Are you conveying the message that hard work doesn’t get you anywhere and getting ahead is all about office politics, or are you teaching them positive lessons about being a success? Are you demonstrating the importance of integrity and honor by word and deed? Are you sending messages that encourage tolerance?

Even if your own workplace is less than ideal, don’t sour your children on the importance of hard work. Maybe you’re not getting the recognition you deserve at work, but your children should be recognized for their accomplishments. They should learn the value of teamwork, of seeing each family member working together toward a common goal.

As you pursue your passions, encourage your children to feel passionate about whatever excites them. Even if they pursue activities that you don’t necessarily approve of, don’t stand in their way.

My father wasn’t thrilled with my decision to apply to the Air Force Academy and pursue a military career, but he let me choose the path I wanted to follow.

All of us must pursue our passions, not those of our parents. Of course, that doesn’t mean parents must subsidize their children’s pursuit of their passions.

Andrea Jung, former CEO of Avon, received inspiring advice from her mother. Jung wrote that her mother said, “Girls can do absolutely anything that boys can do. A woman can reach any height in any discipline if she works hard enough.”

It is extremely important to create a culture of success in your own home. If you are single, then being a good and respectful son or daughter, and a good person to your brothers and sisters, will bring great joy to them and make your family proud.

If you have a spouse, then being faithful and considerate of each other, and treating your relationship as a team with a sacred trust will allow you to accomplish the most challenging goals in your life.

Not only are you your children’s role model, but put another way, you are their manager, and their boss. If your boss acts a certain way and wants you to emulate that behavior, you pretty much have to do it – or else look for another job.

Your children are in a similar position. You may want to fire them from time to time, but you’re both pretty much stuck with each other. Set the standard and watch them follow. Instill in them a sense of pride and passion for whatever it is they do. Show them the way, but ultimately let them choose their own path (they will anyway).

Just be sure you give them the tools to succeed when they reach that critical stage. The greatest gift you can give them is a moral compass — one built on integrity and honor.

Do it and I guarantee that they will make you proud!

8 Responses to “Create Success at Home”

  1. February 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm, David said:

    Great article. Good to always reflect on what is truly important. Thanks,

  2. February 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm, Seth Gambee said:

    Reminds me of some of the best advice I’ve ever received-

    “Seth, when you put first things first, 2nd and 3rd things always seem to fall into place…
    But when you put 2nd or 3rd things first, that’s when you start to lose everything…”

    Great article Charles!

    – Seth
    husband, dad, elevator

  3. February 20, 2013 at 10:29 am, Mark Reynolds said:

    Excellent advice, very well thought out, and an inspiration to us all to seek to always have an attitude of success. Thanks.

  4. February 20, 2013 at 11:04 am, Louis said:

    great post, family should always be first priority

  5. February 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm, Bryan Johnson said:

    Good article. The biggest question is “What is success?” Obviously, a certain level of financial security is part of it. But above that, what defines success? One can be very wealthy but have achieved it through fraud and not hard work.

    • February 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm, admin said:

      I agree that is the big question. For me success is finding and pursuing your calling in life. Most people don’t follow their passion, never discover it, or the do find it but are afraid to follow it.

  6. February 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm, Cecil Grant said:

    Well written! Words that never grow old and, sadly. are too often forgotten.

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