I raised my daughter to always... SHOOT FOR THE MOON. If you don't make it, you will hit a much higher goal than if you decided to settle for shooting for something less. Today, my daughter overcame an abusive relationship, fought to get off welfare (can you believe that one... she had to fight!) got her college degree, and graduated Law School last year. She did this all as a single mom, and working full time. It took her 10 years, but she did it. She graduated law school, passed the bar, and got married all in the same year... just an amazing woman. So proud of her.
We had a family disagreement with my dad when she was only 10, and Grampa... trying to be well meaning told her she should not set her sights on such lofty goals... she knew then she wanted to be a lawyer. I sent her outside to play and dad and I had a "discussion..." I firmly told him he was never to ever discourage her from wanting to accomplish anything in her life. I gave him my SHOOT FOR THE MOON theory and left the room. When I came back he was in tears and apologized and said to me, "I wish I had a mother who stood up for me the way you stand up for your daughter." I told him I learned that partly because of him... that you can do whatever you want to. He built our home with little to no money from the bank in 1951. They turned him down... twice, when the bank president came out to the property to see what he had done, he had the foundation in, the house framed and was starting on the next step. They gave him the money on the spot to finish the house and apologized to him. Not something you would see happen today!
SHOOT FOR THE MOON, BABY! JUST SHOOT FOR THE MOON!
- 9/1/2010 7:14:48 AM