10 Life Lessons to Teach Your Kids – from Joel Peterson, CEO of JetBlue

You know that feeling you get when your son or daughter is heading into something new. They’re excited, and you’re a little nervous, maybe a little scared for them. You walk down memory lane, remembering the good times, but also the mistakes you made, and the embarrassment/pain/stress that came with them. And you want to share every lesson you learned, small or big, that helped you get where you are today. Fast-track them past the tough stuff.

But as Joel Peterson, Chairman of JetBlue Airways, reminds us, the best way to help them isn’t give a summary of all the mistakes you’ve made. It’s to teach them lessons they can use to cope when they make their own mistakes.

These are Joel Peterson’s 10 Life Lessons to teach your kids before they leave  home (read full LinkedIn article here.)

  1. Don’t be afraid to fail
  2. Find the good in yourself.
  3. And see the good in others, too.
  4. There’s no substitute for hard work.
  5. Building great habits is critical.
  6. Don’t expect fairness – at least in the short run.
  7. Be kind – it has more power than you think. 
  8. Take yourself out of the center.
  9. Embrace reality.
  10. “Solve” for the long term. 

Do you agree with these? Like to let us know, or share a comment about what life lessons you’d add or change.

Stephanie Phillips, Community Manager, myBestHelper

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