Yes, it is for your kids’ own good that they study hard.
But you shouldn’t tell them that.
Because if you do, they’ll be less likely to study hard.
(I’ve spoken to and worked with more than 25,000 students, so I say this with confidence.)
In this article, I’ll provide an explanation.
I’ll also share three tips to help your kids develop intrinsic motivation.
Don’t expect your kids to get an education in school
This might sound strange, so hear me out.
We live in a world where knowledge abounds.
It’s incredible that most of this knowledge is available for free online – you just have to seek it out.
A couple of decades ago, to get an education you had almost no choice but to attend school.
If you’re diligent about taking these courses, you’d acquire more skills and knowledge than you would in almost any traditional school.
This means that, over time, the diplomas and degrees that schools give out will matter less.
It also means that students shouldn’t go to school expecting to get an education. Rather, school should form just one part of a student’s education.
In the future, diplomas and degrees won’t be the ticket to a well-paying job and a comfortable life. (This is already starting to be the case.)
But for now, such certificates still matter.
Statistics show that students who perform better in school are more likely to get jobs that pay better.
And students who study hard are obviously more likely to perform well in school.
Which means that if you want to motivate your kids, you should tell them to work hard in school for their own benefit, right?
Allow me to explain.
3 reasons it’s ineffective to tell your kids to study hard for their own good
Reason #1: Students today aren’t hungry for a “better life”
In developed countries today, most children and teenagers have more material things than they need.
More toys than they need.
More shoes than they need.
More clothes than they need.
More electronic devices than they need.
In contrast, one or two generations ago, most people experienced real hardship.
For example, my parents and grandparents grew up with far less (materially speaking) than I did.
From an early age, it was obvious to my parents that if they wanted to have a more comfortable life in the future, they needed to work hard in school.
Their teachers and parents told them that education was the key to success – and in that era, it was true. [Read more…]