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Watch This for Some Inspiration

November 11, 2011

As fathers, one of our key jobs is to inspire our kids to greatness.  This means we use a combination of challenge, encouragement and visioning with our kids.  Our kids are dying to hear about new mountains they could conquer.  They literally need our permission and acknowledgement to really go for it.

When our son Shaan was in 8th grade, I told him he should aim to be the captain of the football team when he was a senior.  Now, I do not know if he will become a captain (he is a sophomore now), but just that declaration by me has sparked his interest in leadership.  Recently, he was excited when he was asked to participate in a leadership day at school, where only four boys in his entire class were chosen.  I feel good about challenging him to stretch his wings as a leader and I think he is really doing it.  That’s what we do as Dads.  We help our kids stretch and achieve things they could not do on their own.

So, don’t be afraid to get a little emotional and fired up once in awhile as you spur your kids onto greatness.  They are waiting for the cue from you!!!  To get you cranked up, watch the video below, which is a montage of inspirational movie scenes.

Patrick Donohue is a Life Coach in Oak Park, IL.  Contact him at

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  1. Erich Bixler permalink
    November 11, 2011 2:05 pm

    Thanks Patrick, this truely was inspirational on a Friday afternoon.
    Here comes the weekend .. Charge!

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