Think Differently!

by Krantcents · 16 comments

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Years ago, I realized I think differently!  It could be nature or nurture.  Maybe something happened to me when I was small.  You know, struck by lightning, earthquake or hurricane.  Was I brought up by wolves or something to make me think I am different?  What was it that I did or my parents did that made me think differently?  Am I just different or do I think differently?  I do not know!

Early Years

I thought my parents found me on their door step because I felt I was different.  They were older when I can along and I thought something was different.  My parents were always very busy so I do not remember them being around during the week.  On weekends, they were working too.  I went with them to work, but I worked too. My friends did not go to work with their parents.  My friends were the children of my neighbors.  My neighbors were my doctor, dentist and business owners.

I think this early experience affected my thinking.  Many parents tell children to be your own person, but few give you the opportunity to become your own person.  During the week, I went to school, practiced the piano and played with my friends.  On weekends, I was thrust into the adult world of work.  Little did I know that it would change my thinking!  Being around adults, you grow up fast.  I was given a job to complete and they expected I would do it.

I suppose I learned skills, one of which was confidence that I could complete a task.  I think I learned considerably more from that experience, I learned about expectations.  My parents expected me to perform.  I do not think I realized it at the time, but it carried over into school.  I suppose if my father worked on cars over the weekend, I would have learned mechanical skills.  The difference was not the particular skill, but what was expected of me.

I spent a lot of time with adults in a work environment.  I worked and I saw others work.  I had a chance to learn about different careers and I saw how business owners took care of their business.  I tagged along when my parents went on business trips.  I saw them negotiate, make choices and work.  Very few children actually see what their parents do at such an early age.  Was it a good thing?

Doing it Again

Good or bad, I took my children along with me to my business.  I put them to work cleaning tables, making drinks and sometimes put them on the cash register.  They had to work because it was a restaurant and everyone is needed when you are busy.  They literally earned their lunch.  They worked a couple of hours for a $5-6 lunch, child labor laws went out the window.  What lessons did they learn?

Taking your children to work is common now, but I did this 25-30 years ago.  Of course, I was just repeating what I did nearly 60 years earlier.  Little did I know my parents were doing what their parents did too!  I think I was in an entrepreneurial training program without knowing it.  Do entrepreneurs think differently?  Yes, they are usually independent, problem solvers and self motivated.

Wrap Up

Did this experience change my thinking?  Probably, it influenced me and it matured my thinking early.  Nature or nurture is always a question?  I don’t think I will ever know.  I learned from my parents that you keep going no matter what until you reach your goal.  It helped them accomplish all their dreams.  It probably helped me achieve my dreams.  It caused me to think differently!

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{ 14 comments }

Karunesh @ chase-a-dream.com March 28, 2012 at 3:54 am

Different thinking would bring in different results. You are doing great help through articles like these. Thanks for sharing :)

Krantcents March 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

You’re welcom, I try to stimulate conversation and maybe change.

Thad P @ thadthoughts.com March 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I believe you have hit the nail squarely on the head. Early exposure to work and the rewards that are inherent in work pay huge dividends. With youth unemployment at all time highs, having job skills will be a tremendous leg up in terms of finding a job.

Krantcents March 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Funny, I did noappreciate it at the time, but it definitely influenced me throughout my life.

Buck Inspire March 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Great story! Where can I sign up for the program? It’s awesome that your parents instilled so many lessons that you now in turn have passed to your children. Will your kids repeat the process to your grandkids?

Krantcents March 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I don’t know, but I will make sure it is carried on in one form or another.

101 Centavos March 29, 2012 at 2:59 am

KC, sounds like your parents did a sterling job of instilling some basic characteristics. We can only hope to do the same with our two knuckleheads. :-)

Krantcents March 29, 2012 at 6:40 am

I thik it is our job as parents to expose our children to a variety of experiences that can help them grow and thrive. It is amazing what you learn by that exposure.

Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter March 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I think you had awesome parents by the sounds of it. I hope I can do as good of a job with my kids.

Krantcents March 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Thanks, we can all be good parents if we try. So much of what my children learned from me was never taught, shown or discussed. They followed my example.

Christa March 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Older parents definitely influence their children differently. My youngest brother is 18 years younger than me, and I feel that we have been raised completely differently. Not a bad thing; we just learned different things at different times from our mother.

Krantcents March 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

My oldest brother was 18 years older than me. It is a completely different generation. Besides things changed over time too. You can take the same family and children will learn or experience differently because every child reacts differently to it.

Hunter March 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

We are all the sum of our experiences. Your’s is unique and I have no doubt that they shaped the person you are today. I’m sure that being a stay at home Dad will have effects on my psyche for decades to come.

Krantcents March 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

The real effect of being a stay at home Dad is on the children and that is immeasurable. Spending time with our children is the very best investment you can ever make.

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