Trey is a friend of mine. He's a student who just got his first tattoo. His parents weren't too keen on the idea, but eventually caved and allowed the...
Every coach or teacher knows there's no moment more important than the one when feedback is delivered. Do it well, and the learner makes progress. Do it poorly, and the opposite happens.
Finally, when you offer a tale of your personal failure and add a lesson you learned from it, this beckons listeners to respond with their own action. They learn to be teachable and to act on the hard lessons learned from the school of Hard Knocks.
Our job as teachers, coaches, youth workers and parents is to care deeply for the kids growing up on our watch.