Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This Younger Generation

"Kids today."

Say those two words to a peer, and you will gain a friend, a comrade, and fellow commiserate. After all, who would argue that the next generation of kids, musicians, workers, or {fill-in-the-blank} simply fail to demonstrate sufficient ability, respect, discipline, or {fill-in-the-blank} to successfully lead, execute, score, or {fill-in-the-blank}.

In "our" day, we were expected to get up earlier, work harder, study longer, and {fill-in-the-blankier} and to do so with a smile on our face. These wanna-be's are hopeless, and they won't pass their tests.

Newbie Black Belts (Cho Dan) often complain that the next set of students (Cho Dan Bo) are not ready, are too sloppy, and don't know the materials. It reminds me of a quote by Haim Ginott,

"Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it."

When a senior-level student criticizes the qualities of their juniors, they are probably unaware of the statement they are making about themselves.

As a "LPT", a Life Pro Tip, one that is valid in your home, church, training hall, or even work - before you express disdain at the unimpressive competency of your junior counterparts, ask yourself if you have provided the necessary leadership for them.

Each generation lives in a world that is different than either the one that preceded or follows them. It is therefore insufficient for us to mimic the leadership that we received - we must adapt to our times in order to guide the next generation.

While you may find the next round of students to be lacking - your masters are looking at the next round of teachers.

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