The best motivator
Q: One did time in prison. Another was raised by migrant farmworkers. All came from humble origins. One recent night, Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, dancer Bill T. Jones, Broadway composer Jerry Herman and a guy named Paul McCartney received one of the world's highest awards for artists: the Kennedy Center honors. What does this tell us, if anything, about the will to succeed, the importance of personal history and the theme of the American Dream?
I think that the drive to succeed is much greater and stronger if a person comes from humble beginnings. I also believe that people are much more likely to reach out and provide support with the knowledge that a person comes from humble beginnings.
Today, it seems those who are the least motivated and challenged are those given everything on a silver platter.
My parents grew up during the Depression, and life was much more simple when they raised me because of this. Not because they could not afford to buy us things, but because they saw no reason for it. This created children who were motivated to work hard to achieve.
Now, unfortunately, my husband and I tend to spoil our children and they have things that we didn't have or that didn't exist when we grew up. Laptops, iPhones, Uggs, and the list goes on. Our challenge now is to motivate this generation -- the ones who have not had to challenge themselves!