The opportunities of the future lie with those who have the confidence to spot them and audacity to go after them. “Today, the shift from ‘I’ve got a neat idea’ to ‘I run a billion-dollar company’ is occurring faster than ever,” as Peter Diamandis put it. It starts with a growth mindset, and growth mindsets are developed in childhood. Under-utilised potential exists in adults everywhere you look, but we can get kids off to the right start by being intentional.
David C Hall is committed to the success of future generations. Hall is managing director of Potential Unlocked Tuition, a UK-based training company that creates “fulfilled, successful, transformed lives.” His team has supported thousands of children from struggling at school to feeling in control, confident and happy. Hall wrote the bestselling book, The Empowering Parent, and advises government and educational establishments on unlocking the potential of children.
I interviewed Hall about how parents can set their kids up for happy and prosperous futures, by nurturing a mindset of growth.
Create an empowering home
A child spends most of their time at home so it’s crucial that it forms a foundation for a growth mindset. “Home should be an enjoyable, happy place where we live, laugh and learn,” explained Hall. His work has shown that “parents who provide a warm and responsive home environment that encourages exploration accelerate their children’s intellectual development.”
A young person feeling calm and relaxed in their house, before and after school, is more likely to develop their interests or feel confident to experiment or express themselves. A home filled with anger and angst means suppressed emotions and suppressed potential. “Children need stable, supportive home environments to enhance their cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing,” added Hall, who urges parents to think about “all the human and material resources present within the home that affect the child’s life.” These include the “socialising facilities available in the house; how well it’s set up for conversation and play.” It also includes the parents’ stress levels, health and mindset. Happy parents make happy kids and happy kids learn and grow at an accelerated rate.
Fixed routines might seem like the paradox of a growth mindset, which evokes fluidity, but structure can empower and provide the springboard for possibility. “Empowering family routines give the home environment a predictable structure that creates a stable emotional climate,” explained Hall. This will “support child development and academic success.”
Having worked with parents, educators and policymakers to enable young people “to enjoy passion-driven careers and be positive contributors to society,” Hall has created three main strategies for developing empowering family routines. The first is […]