Giving Kids The Tools For Any Job They Want

Bryan explains how parents and educators can succeed at giving kids the tools for any job they want. This podcast was originally a presentation at the 2022 FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.

Jobs, careers, and vocations have changed a lot over the years. Even though those have changed over the years, parents still want their kids’ vocations to develop character, foster growth, and bring joy. While kids are young, parents can instill values of grit and diligence; however, parents have to overcome the challenges presented by the instant gratification provided by technology.

Interest-guided learning is a double-edged sword, as it allows a child to pursue their interests but can cut them off from the interest of others. Developing the values of kindness and deference can temper the negative effects of interest-guided learning while maintaining the benefits of interest-guided learning. If a child has an interest in something and can pursue that interest on their own by demonstrating autodidactism, they open themself up to a lot of vocational options.

Nowadays, it’s a lot more common for people to hold many different jobs or vocations over their lifetime. Encouraging a child to learn different skills allows them to explore non-linear career paths more easily than children who don’t learn useful skills. When teaching children, developing mental models and an appreciation for learning is another key to success across vocations.

Bryan also talks about:

  • Vocation vs. avocation
  • Grit vs. talent in the pursuit of success
  • Modeling and practicing gratefulness
  • Transferable skills
  • Feeling “stuck” in a vocation
  • Visualizing average molecular velocity
  • Learning about humidity and electrical movement
  • Striking a balance between joy, service, and passion
  • Expectations vs. standards
  • Pursuing college, business ownership, and other career opportunities


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