In engineering schools they teach you that output is related to inputs and the process used to convert the inputs. Same story in business schools. Not so much in high schools although I recall a history teacher that was adamant about this idea. “Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Marks are connected to effort.
In life it is harder to know what the important skills may be.
First we must establish a measurement. How good is the outcome in context of the resources seems a good one. As good as possible in the circumstances. Not equal.
To expect equality is delusional. People do not start with the same resources so they cannot all achieve better than average results. That is how averages work.
Some are smarter, some are stronger, some have more endurance, some are more practical, some better understand how they fit in, some are more creative. No one is the best on every scale and no one is worst either.
What will be the resources required to achieve as good as possible? Think about it.
These skills are mostly ones you can learn or at least get better at using. What are the foundational skills that precede these?
Let me suggest five:
Help your young people to notice the foundational skills. Most things, once recognized, are acted upon. Most of what they reject is because they don’t have the experience to fit it into their lives.
Sometimes a more general idea of value works. Try it. Be organized and disciplined as you do it. Seek out better ways and avoid weak ideas. Change as you need to.
You get the idea.
Don Shaughnessy arranges life insurance for people who understand the value of a life insured estate. He can be reached at The Protectors Group, a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency in Peterborough, Ontario. In previous careers, he has been a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business.
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