Motivating! If one word sums up Guy Kawasaki’s talk at the Author U Extravaganza in Denver earlier this month, that would be it. Guy fired off an empowering message to authors about wrapping their arms around the publishing process with an artisan’s care and entrepreneur’s zeal. I had the chance to meet Guy and give him a copy of my new book, 50 Tips to Improve Your Sports Performance. Guy asked if it could help with soccer. You betcha!
Is Guy a hockey dad? I’m not sure, but it’s easy to imagine him out on the ice with his kids. A father of two, Guy recently explained in a Huffpost interview his seemingly simple formula for successful kids: giving them a shot at a great education and teaching them to work hard toward goals. As a developmental optometrist with 30 years in practice, my techniques support Guy’s goals: I help break down the visual brain barriers to getting a great education, and I help kids focus on working toward goals by using visualization and growing confident.
Guy’s ideas about maxing-out a self-publishing venture may have value for parents, too, who want to help their child succeed.
1. You and you alone are responsible: Parents, be proactive. School resources are limited, and school vision care screenings may be insufficient for your child. If your child has a learning or behavioral issue, don’t ignore the role of vision or dismiss a problem with a label like “hyperactive.” Investigate. That may mean getting a thorough vision exam from a developmental optometrist.
2. Make progress on multiple fronts: If your child is struggling at home or school, look at the whole picture. First, ensure he or she is healthy, and that includes looking for hidden vision issues. A child with 20/20 vision can have other problems. Know that one problem can spin off others, and you may need to tackle an issue from multiple angles. For example, once you correct a vision problem, social or self-esteem issues caused by that problem may persist. Consider using my visualization process to help your child regain confidence and joy.
3. Work toward goals: Does your child know how to plan and focus actions on goals? My step-by-step action guidebook and companion workbook are easy ways to teach your child this. Business visionaries like Guy use similar methods, and these skills can empower your child for a lifetime.
4. It takes time, work, and patience: If you want to self-publish and succeed, Guy emphasizes it takes effort; he makes the same point about parenting. If you want to optimize your child’s success, you need to make the effort and ensure they have the good vision and skills to succeed. The good news is that more resources are at hand than ever before, and many, like mine, are designed to be fun!