It's never too early for kids to begin pursuing their passions and learn to finish what they start. The "Hard Thing Rule" lets you lead by example and keep your kids on track.
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Getting your kids to develop a healthy work ethic isn't as complicated as it sounds. Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit, suggests the three-part "Hard Thing Rule" will set things in motion:
- Everyone in the family has to do something that's hard.
- You have to finish what you start.
- No one gets to pick the hard thing for anyone else.
This rule gives them the freedom to pursue something they're interested in and it teaches them the importance of sticking with things when the going gets tough. It's also a great incentive for you to finish your own projects and show your kids that working hard is worthwhile.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance [Amazon via Business Insider]