Hurry up, we’re almost out of time

swimming merit badge

Hurry up, we’re almost out of time. Many midlife adults find themselves pressed for time to do all the things we think are important. Right now, I’m writing blog posts while my Son is earning his swimming merit badge.

On one hand, I’m not there to observe. On the other hand, I’m 10-hours from home sleeping in the same campsite. On the other hand, he needs to be given space to grow. On the other hand, we are making amazing leadership connections just walking and talking.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    You are doing what I am constantly learning to do with my older son – what I call incidental learning. It would be so much easier to just take things out of his hands, do them, and be done with it. However, the goal isn’t the finished the project, but the development learned in the process. So I had to move from hands-on teaching to teaching from a distance. Am I there to help? Absolutely. However, I am no longer the initiator, but an advisor now.

    A caterpillar who struggles to exit the cocoon struggles because the struggle is what causes its wings to develop fully for flying as a butterfly. If someone peels the cocoon away for the butterfly so that it doesn’t have to struggle, the butterfly’s wings don’t fully develop and its ability to fly is stunted.


  2. Bob, it’s tough being a parent, a leader. Really tough.
    And with the same breath, it’s the most exciting and rewarding opportunity ever.

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