Teenagers still do Amazing Things!

The Greatest Lesson of Life is that You

I recently listened to a young man’s story of how he grew up. He told me that when he was a teenager, his Mom was single and was struggling to provide for his family. She worked very hard in real estate, but the economy had taken its toll on the market and she was not able to move many properties. As a result of their situation, she was planning to sell their home to downsize their monthly payment obligations.

Here is what inspired me about this story. This young man, who at the time was only 16, decided that he and his brother would work extra hours and would pay the mortgage themselves. That is exactly what they did. They both had part time construction jobs and worked enough hours on evenings and weekends that they were able to take the pressure off their family’s finances by paying the mortgage.

I can imagine how difficult this was to balance school, homework, activities and work, but I also realize how much it shaped this young man’s future. It developed his sense of responsibility. It taught him how he could make a tangible difference by taking action and working hard, not to mention the great skills he developed in construction.

This young man went on to join the Marines and serve his country as a weapons expert. Today he is the General Manager of an Amazon Distribution Center in a major metropolitan market.

How high are the expectations that you set for yourself, or your student? I am not talking about grades or sports. While those are important, I am talking about life skills, work and being responsible. Do you have a job? What are you doing with the money? If a job is hard to find, have you considered starting your own business? Parents, does your student know what it is like to pay a bill or manage a budget? As a student, do you know how much the mortgage is on your home? These are some good questions to ask, and the answers will open your eyes.

Teenagers still do amazing things! When we expect great things for them they will impress us. As a student, what are some things that you are doing to learn responsibility? I would love to hear about them. Feel free to leave a comment below and let’s start the conversation. Let’s also connect on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading. Now go do something Amazing!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!