Spending time with our grandson has reminded me what life is like for babies. Not only is he fun and entertaining but babies can teach us some things about how to manage personal finance challenges.
1. Never Give Up. Have you ever met a healthy kid that didn’t learn how to walk? Me neither. It’s not easy though. Babies fall down countless times as they learn how to coordinate the signals between their brain and legs and get stronger.
When striving for a successful business or a promotion you may fall down at times as well. The important thing is to get back up and try, try again. Henry Ford failed several times before making it with Ford Motor Company and more recently, Oprah Winfrey was told she was “unfit for television”.
2. Share Your Feelings. Babies aren’t good at hiding their feelings; heck they don’t even try. Yesterday the screaming during the Chargers game scared my grandson and he let us know by joining in crying! When he’s happy, he smiles and laughs.
Let the people you do business with know what you’re thinking. I’m pretty good at complaining when not receiving the service or product expected. At work, many clients express regret when providing feedback. I always thank them because how would we know to get better.
What I need to do more is compliment businesses when receiving exceptional service. After a great family cruise a few years ago on Holland America, I wrote the CEO a letter letting him know how much we appreciated our onboard experience.
3. Make Time for Play. Young children need play time for healthy development. Play promotes the following skills: social, thinking, language, small and large muscles. Don’t forget creative skills being honed by make-believe.
Adult play is also important for good health. Having hobbies, socializing with friends and taking vacations are all ways to relieve stress and do something besides work. You’re going to be a better spouse, parent, employee and friend if you have fun and aren’t stressed out.
I’m sure we’ll learn more through grandparenting as time passes. Alex and us are both growing together. Have you learned other lessons from babies?