Hello and good day!
Recently I wrote about the advice I gave to a 14-year-old entrepreneur who has started a banana bread business.
Today, however, my brother Brian and I have recorded an episode of our Chocolate Bros podcast that we'd like to share with you.
This episode is dedicated to two of our wonderful customers named Luca and Daniel Church. Luca is six years old, and Daniel is his father. Luca and Daniel have been coming into our chocolate shops from the very beginning and they have expressed on several occasions that they enjoy our podcast.
They came in last weekend and asked why we are so inconsistent about putting out new episodes. They said that they look forward to a new podcast from us every week and when we miss a week, it is disappointing.
Want to know one of the best ways to motivate somebody to do something? Tell them that you like what they do and that you really miss it when they don't do it.
Pretty sneaky huh? You flatter them and then make them feel guilty. You don't have to ask or demand.
Once I realized how the Church men were playing on my emotions, I tried this technique on my kids, and it worked very well.
An arrow for your quiver.
In this podcast, Brian and I discuss what life is like for children growing up on cacao farms in northern Peru. We explore a typical path for a farm kid as they mature from being a late teen into a young adult. We also talk about the two or three lessons that we each hope our children will learn from us.
Brian wants his kids to know that they should never let another person keep them from shining their light in the world. They should try to be the best possible version of themselves and never let anybody stand in their way.
Also, Brian wants his kids to know that grinding and effort beat natural talent almost every time.
I agree with both.
I added that in order for somebody to give the necessary effort to become their best self, they'll need to find something that goes along with their natural proclivities.
I also pointed out that almost all stories and movies have to do with one of these three things.
Falling in love.
Engaging in a battle on the side of good against evil.
Overcoming some hard challenge and winning in the end.
I want my kids to put themselves in situations that allow them to experience these three fundamental story lines. I believe that living these stories are keys to a good life.
I'm just scratching the surface of what we got into.
Click here to give it a listen if you are so inclined.
Thank you so much for your time today.
I hope that you have a truly blessed day!