13 hours in the car today. Lots of bonding time.
Listened to the book Bounce in the car. Interesting. Last big drive I listened to Outliers, Bounce is like taking one chapter from Outliers and dragging it out for 9 ½ hours. Lesson from this is- 1) Hard work ALWAYS trumps talent. 2) Never tell the kids that they’re smart, artistic, any adjective, rather tell them “you work really hard.” Or “you did a great job on that, I can see you effort”.
Accoding to the book that’s how you make kids who are track to improve and get better rather than believe in talent and therefore feel like work doesn’t matter.
Which made me think of my folks. They were totally of the opinion that talent trumped all and were constantly tell me how smart I was, handsome, even my turds were perfect.
Explains a few things eh?
This was a good book for a guy heading to college for the first time to listen too. Good news is the oldest kid figured this formula, Work=Success a long time ago.
Good on us.
Coming down here I did manage to get a peek at the effects of the great drought of 2012. Holy shit. From southern Iowa to Kentucky there’s hardly a spec of green in any corn field. They look like October instead of early August. I believe we’re in for some issues later. Can’t wait to see what we pay for milk next winter.
Tomorrow we’re back in the car and off to Columbus Georgia. Staying overnight at a family friends, then off to Auburn on Saturday for check in.
Hard to believe.