|Bowling champion? Not yet, but maybe some day... with hard work!|
And of course, as you read on, I'm going to tell you, 'cause it's my blog and (as long as you're reading) I can. I was looking at Hulu for my current go-to show, Shark Tank (totally hooked on this show, by the way) and just like on YouTube, Hulu has other "featured" videos that it puts on it's home page. One of the videos was of a little six-year-old girl who was on America's Got Talent who was tap dancing. The little blurb about her said that she "can dance with some of the best tap dancers in the world."
So I watched her little two- or three-minute clip and she was a good dancer. So the audience went wild as her dance ended, and two of the judges stood in a sort of ovation for her. And then they started to weigh in. Sharon gave an enthusiastic "YES" right away. Howard Stern was next and though he tried to be gentle, he said that her act was just not a "million-dollar-act." And the audience boo'ed Mr. Stern.
And the audience was wrong.
|One day he'll learn what it means to earn the trophy|
For now, he's proud of having played.
Another time I've seen this is over at the grocery store we go to. The baggers are paid in tips only. But there is always a waiting list of people who want to work for them, so they do pretty well. I was talking one day - a couple of years ago now - to some other wives who frequent this particular store. The topic was, of course, how much to tip them. One person said she gives $5 or more, and many of us said that was too much. The best explanation of why that was too much was the question: What does that teach them?
Does it teach those mostly young adults/older teens that earning good money takes hard work? Does it teach them that they need to do a good job and be personable to earn the higher amounts? Or that the money comes just because they've done some little service for you? I think the best answer was to pay by the bag. For me personally, I give only $2 to $3 but I don't let them take my stuff to the car and load it up for me; I do that myself because our car is full of people and there is very little room left over.
|The faces of a hard-won first-place trophy - joyful in knowing they earned it!|
How do you encourage without going too far?