Archive for May 2015

Is it time to switch them out? (you must keep moving forward)

Is it time to switch them out?

Talent mentors are there for a season and then you must keep moving forward

Listen in to a conversation between my wife and me as we discuss why and how often you should try switching mentors, teachers, and learning experiences. There are benefits to moving on from a mentor, no matter how excellent that person may be in his or her skill. Here are four indicators that it’s time to move on:

  1. your child has learned everything he can and he needs more from another mentor in order to keep his talent relevant to the needs of other people.
  2. you are in charge of who you choose as a mentor. If the mentor’s personal life is complicating the value he once brought to your child, it may be time to move on.
  3. you can free the mentor of having to be responsible for full-on character training for your child. This opens the door to recruiting new mentors who want a specific, limited role.
  4. it’s time to get out of your (and your child’s) comfort zone and be stretched with developing a new area of his talent.

Find out the other reasons why multiple mentors and teachers are a good thing to expect as you your young person keeps building a more complex and market valuable skill set.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast “The 10ktoTalent Show” through iTunes. It is now listed for you to enjoy on your daily walks.

Of Courth! It’s May the 4th Be With You Day!

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The Force is coming to MINECRAFT on May 4th, 2015.

Join the battle between the Separatists and the Republic.

If you want a socially safe, one-time Minecraft event* for your child to join and experience a great time with other boys and girls, you are invited to join my son Nicholas as he hosts his “May the 4th Be With You” party. Ask your Star Wars enthusiast if you are not familiar with that light hearted pop-culture celebration.

This up-front “fun” is powered in the background by the administrative efforts of my son Nicholas, who is 13 years old. This is an example of how to use a fun popular tool to gain real experience that will add valuable hours to a 10,000 hour talent journey.

As parents, you can listen to the episode on how Minecraft can be used to develop talent.

*Note: you will need your own Minecraft account in order for you son or daughter to join the game. 

Podcast Episode: Can Minecraft Be Turned Into a Talent?

Can a gaming hobby, such as Minecraft, be turned into a real long-term talent? Yes, it can be! But you must re-cast the interest in a way that focuses on bringing value to others. When you switch from doing a skill for just your own enjoyment, to doing a skill so that it brings real value to other people, you transform the low-value hobby into a market valuable talent.

I discuss with my wife Renee about how we have been successfully able to turn one of our children’s talent into a potential for real long term talent.

At the end of this episode, we finish with this call-to-action:

Go listen to the interview by Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School. This interview is a discussion on how you can gradually turn a traditional skill, such as backyard gardening, into a long term market valuable skill for your young person.

Podcast Episode: How to Use Social Media to Advance Talent

How do you manage your young person’s social media presence on the Internet so that it helps him on his journey to developing amazing talent?

I discuss with Renee how we have been successfully able to handle and encourage the use of social media for own children’s talent development.

At the end of this episode, we finish with this call-to-action:

Find two types of social media or Internet forums that would could be a good fit to the type of interest or talent that your child is wanting to develop.

Podcast Episode: Use Instagram for Building Talent Community

How do you use an Instagram account so that your talent focused young person can connect with other talented young people? There is an easy straight-forward way to do it and we tell you how to approach Instagram with the right mindset. It’s the smart way to use your smart phone.

My wife and I discuss two recent Instagram examples that helped our two oldest boys to a community of very talented people.

At the end of this episode, we finish with this call-to-action:

Create an Instagram account to search for ideas on how the world of your child’s talent could be showcased so that other talented people will want to connect with your son or daughter.