The Doer Manifesto: A Resolution for 2013 and Beyond

My son Nico (5) is sanding a piece of wood for a woodworking project. He’s doing it because a teacher told him to do it. Soon, I hope he’ll work on projects of his own in our new garage workshop.

I want to make my kids into doers.

I will help them connect their passion for play with a passion for making the world a better place.

I will show them how to devote every day of their lives to solving problems, rather than leaning back in front of the TV.

I will show them that they can change anything that bothers them, for the better.

I will inspire them to pursue their own interests, rather than wait for a teacher to tell them what to learn.

I want them to be driven to make the world a better place.

And to have fun on the journey.

Every day.

I can make this happen. I will make this happen.

I’m the parent. The buck stops with me.

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