If You Can’t Measure It It Doesn’t Exist

We perfect, most dangerously, our children. Let me tell you what we think about children. They’re hardwired for struggle when they get here. When you hold those perfect little babies in your hand, our job is not to say, “Look at her, she’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect — make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade as well as Yale by seventh.”

That’s not our job. Our job is to look and say, “You know what? You’re imperfect, you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” That’s our job.

Show me a generation of kids raised like that. It’s then we’ll end the problems, I think, that we see today. We pretend that what we do doesn’t have an effect on people. We do that in our personal lives. We do that corporate — whether it’s a bailout, an oil spill … a recall. We pretend like what we’re doing doesn’t have a huge impact on other people. I would say to companies, this is not our first rodeo, people. We just need you to be authentic, also real to then say … “We’re sorry. We’ll fix it.”

Fantastic talk about vulnerability, the realization what it includes, where it can get us, what we shouldn’t and should do…

This post is also today’s contribution for the Taboo Word Challenge. The words I had to avoid were “and” as well as “of” as I forgot to follow the challenge yesterday…


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