Abraham Maslow, one of the most famous psychologists of the 20th-century, claimed that, “One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities.” If we look around us, we will discover the grain of truth in this statement. People who recognize the true possibilities in themselves, other people, and the wider society, always manage to achieve what they set out to do. Such people do not let hurdles obstruct their path, or distractions sway them away from their journey
A Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, or a Nelson Mandela did not shy away from battling odds. Rather they never let setbacks ruin the possibility that they saw of bringing about path breaking changes. For us as parents, it is often a challenge to steer the children as per our desires and expectations. How do you get your child to become a CA when he wants to become a radio jockey? Or a doctor when she wants to pursue archaeology? Perhaps it would be better to let children recognize and exploit their own potential, dream their own dreams. Help them, guide them, but never shackle them with your own calculations to stop them exploring the possibility that life has to offer.