To be or not to be well rounded….. THAT is the question. And apparently it is also the argument.
I was reading an article the other day that talked about like/like. If you’re in the city you do city things. If you’re in the country, you do country things. Thinkers think, doers do and why should we force one to do the other? At the other spectrum there was an article about how being a good leader requires someone who is good at many things and that specializing will ultimately limit a person. Most interestingly was a third point of view that talked about how having a career that earns income is completely separate from having a passion and flow and the two don’t necessarily have to marry.
I’m glad for specialization otherwise we wouldn’t have so many great resources for health, education and science. I’m also glad for well-rounded leaders who offer so much in business, politics and other areas. But as a parent it can get confusing as to which model to follow. Most of us tell our children that they can be anything they want to be. That’s awesome but how do we get them there?
I remember when my daughter was young - I wanted her try out anything and everything. Of course this was my way and not hers. I put her in anything she showed a remote interest in. Like bugs? Great! Science club-Bam! Bust a move? Dance class! Go! One year I put her in a summer camp that included everything from dance to golf. I’ll never forget the dread on her face when I popped in at the course to see how things were going. Poor thing was red as a lobster, sweating her butt off in the sweltering heat…. “I HATE golf!” “Grrrrr”. At that time we were limited to what we had access to and for most of us it was activities that our communities and park districts offered- if we were lucky enough to be in an area large enough to offer it.
She’s in her twenties now, she loves art and music, and is almost done with a nursing program. I was WAY off! All these years later, another child later, and the inception of internet and things are different. But even with the internet and social media you still need to know where to look and what to Google. That’s why when I received an invitation to check out Thrively.com, I was super excited to try it out! The strength assessment is exceptional but it doesn’t really stop there. Thrively is an online interactive discovery tool. My child receives activities and videos specifically selected with his strengths and interests in mind. There are over 120,000 activities to explore, inspirational videos to see, and resources locally and nationally to check out or sign up for. Thrively has really offered me the opportunity to open a globe of possibilities to my child with resources that I may not have otherwise discovered. With children from two different decades I can attest to how a tool like Thrively can make a difference! I have no idea which model is best but I DO know that Thrively.Com is helping us find “flow”.