From the first day of kindergarten to the final day of high school, my parents said the same thing to me every morning before I'd get on the bus or be dropped off at school. I'm in my early thirties now. I didn't realize until this week that they were teaching me how to live life with a triple bottom line.
I'm so very thankful to my parents for instilling the triple bottom line in my life. The concept is so deep that I didn't even realize the fuller implications until this week. Actually, I was on the treadmill at the gym listening to a podcast when it hit me.
"Study hard, be good, and have fun."
I heard those words every school day from kindergarten to high school.
"Study hard, be good, and have fun." Those 3 things are what they wanted me to do at school everyday. Get a good education. Be a good person. Enjoy the process. So school ended up being a place for me that wasn't just about learning reading, writing, and arithmetic but also a place to learn my manners and have some fun.
Now, as many of you know, I've grown into an adult with a triple bottom line. I realized this week that I simply change 2 words for adulthood. "Work hard, do good, and have fun." Those 3 things seem to encapsulate what I try to do everyday. I try to give it my all with my career. I try to benefit the planet and the people who live here, especially those who are less fortunate. I find ways to make sure I enjoy the process.
What about you?
I'd love to hear about what values your parents instilled in you as a child, especially if it involves a morning routine.
For those of you with kids, comment and share what you're doing with your own children. I'd love to hear what to expect from the next generation. For example, I recently heard a parent drop off their 6-year old daughter for summer camp. The parent said, "Go forth and conquer the day." I bet this 6 year old is going to grow to be a leading female icon of her day. Love it.