Sunday, November 10, 2013

Do Childhood Prejudices Still get in the way of Your Success?

The Impact of Childhood Prejudice in Your Success Today |
"The chief cause of human error is to be found in prejudices picked up in childhood." ~Descartes 

Can You Relate?

I kindly invite you to take a moment with me to think about all the potential scientists, scholars, poets, composers, gifted musicians, educators, and like professionals we have lost over the years.  Contributing factors leading to cause of death include (and are not limited to) childhood neglect, lack of communication | encouragement | confidence | validation growing up, lack of parental leadership as one, destructive labeling of kids, abuse whether mentally | emotionally | physically, and bullying. At the very root of all these contributing factors lies LOVE -- more specifically -- dimmed to no LOVE!  

Now, think about adults (kids all grown up yet carrying that scarred child within) who walk through life broken on the inside.  He or she believes they do not deserve the best that life can offer.  Such adults live their lives carrying at times unbearable inner scars and fears; in essence becoming their own worst enemy, pursuing life and business decisions with doubts, indecisiveness, guilt, self-hatred, lack of confidence, lack of self respect, hopelessness, helplessness ... functioning without purpose, without vision, without joy, without any kind of Faith, completely oblivious and apathetic to "WHY" he or she is here on earth.  

Painfully sad, isn't it?

On the flip side, you read about childhood and adult success stories.  How did they manage to breakthrough their unique challenges and eventually succeed?

So what is the difference between these children? Why do only a few make it while many struggle through business and life?  One can't help but wonder if childhood prejudices still persist and get in the way of success.  If so, why does one choose to allow for it to persist in their adult years?  Ultimately, at the end of the day, we can choose to overcome such prejudices, push forward and thrive, yes?

Remember“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Just over 13 years ago, when I first started producing my television program in Los Angeles, I came across a simple yet uniquely profound poem titled, "Two Children", written by my favorite author -- "Unknown".  It goes something like this:

Two Children

"Same family,
Same neighborhood,
Same school,
Same stress,

Same neglect,
Same abuse,
Sullen, withdrawn,
One shrinks,
The other grows,
Warm, popular.
One finds nourishment, the other hardens. 

What is the difference? 

One found a caring adult,
The other did not,
One was encouraged,
The other was not,
One was expected to succeed,
The other was assumed to fail.
One pops back, one stays down.
Both are children.
Both are the future." ~Unknown 


“Through wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and unconditional love, let us plant the social, cultural, educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual seeds of nourishment within children and youth, and through these efforts to ensure and bring into fruition their inborn virtues.”  ~Annie Armen


Call me with any questions and/or concerns related to speaking topics on bullying, emotional scarring and abuse, family relationship dynamics, toxic communication red flags, and more.  Let me know if I can help you perceptively address and bridge communication gaps where needed to create an atmosphere of ongoing encouragement and empowerment to heighten collective trust, open communication, respect, confidence, and enthusiasm.

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