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Three Things You Won’t Have to Say

 

A hot dog stand

What happened after graduation when talent development took a back seat in the home (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get your child to graduate from home with a 10,000 hour talent and you won’t have to say one of these three dreadful attaboys:

  •  I’m just grateful he has a job.
  • Bless his heart, he’s trying.
  • At least he’s not doing drugs.
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Survey Results on Your Biggest Fear about Talent Development in Your Child

biggest fear march 2013Results (March 2013) of the survey from the readers of my 10ktoTalent.com newsletter regarding the question:

What is your biggest fear as it relates to talent development?

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Five Common Fears Parents Have About Talent Development for their Child

The Twa Corbies (or The Two Ravens)

Is there a primary fear that’s holding you back as a parent in developing talent in your child’s life? ( The Two Ravens Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five common fears parents have about talent development for their child:

  1. Fear: My child will have an education and degree, but not talent and no income
  2. Fear: My child can’t find a talent on which to focus
  3. Fear: My child can’t derive financial benefit in his adult life from his talent
  4. Fear: I can’t find enough time or resources to develop a true talent for my child
  5. Fear: My child might get caught up with other talented people, but who also live an unsavory lifestyle
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Fall Back Plan for Too Much Hobby Time

Girl on horse

Is your child 17 years old and has spent too much of her teenage years developing a hobby, such as softball or horse-riding, that has no apparent market value to others? Consider a last minute fall-back plan: use the experience in her hobby as a core strand around which you can wrap some other very different skills. If it’s softball, could she use her understanding of the needs of fans and players to come up with an app or service that she knows would be wanted? If it’s horse-riding, are there some short tutorial videos your daughter could put together for YouTube and a website reviewing horse-saddles with an e-book for beginners? Build on what your 17 year old child already has or, if not, starting from scratch will set your daughter back another decade.