168. “If he’d been this good at tennis, I’d have sent him to tennis camp!”

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The words were not mine, but came from an acquaintance, a sharp, friendly C-level executive somewhere near fifty, as we were talking in his car.

“If he’d been this good at tennis, I’d have sent him to tennis camp.”

Yes, that’s being old-fashioned.

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So where am I going with this?

“Hey, I like that you’re so enthusiastic about football and I understand why you might want to pursue a pro career, but it’s not all glamour and fun.”

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“If you’d have sent him to tennis camp, if it was tennis he was good at, just do the same here. Ask him what kind of training he needs to become even better and ask him how you can help. Few children complain when parents support them in their dreams — even if they don’t fully understand them.”

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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