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Profound Wisdom from A Toothless 10 Year Old

    It was a sunny, bright, and beautiful Tuesday morning, June 27, 2023. Seven days after the longest day of the year June 20th. It was 7:00 am in the morning and my husband and I had just had breakfast and were waiting for the elevator at the Hampton, Virginia hotel we were staying at. In the lobby were around 20 young women with their mothers, in their swimming suits. The children were under 10 through ages 14. The parents and children were all smiling filled with excitement! It was contagious! Several of the young women proudly wore the Junior Olympic T Shirts and the mothers were saying positive motivating words to them.

  “I spoke to one mother who proudly confirmed the Jr Olympic status of her children.”  For the entire 4 days we continued to smile! The children were competing for individual events and relays. They also competed for team awards. 

 Excitement is contagious! We feed off the emotions of others.

 What would happen if at 7am in the morning you had this enthusiasm and energy?

 I want you to go back in time to when you were 10 years old and you believed you could do anything! This is before you had all your teeth!

 A parent’s job is to encourage, and listen!

 Children are a little version of us. Somewhere as adults we have forgotten to dream and be optimistic.

 The Jr Olympics teaches you how to win and how to lose and how to move on. Success is accomplished through hardship.

 How should you begin your day? 

 You should start your day with the excitement of a 10 year old! 

 Start your day right by smiling and saying positive motivating words to yourself and others!

 Listen and ask questions.

 Emotional intelligence is calmly and quietly listening to what the other person says, then asking questions to clarify what they are saying.

 This is a lesson about the importance of encouragement! 

 You have to have good people around you. You have to do the work, the boring stuff.

 All of us have inside of us that youthful exuberance. It is contagious!

 All we are is the adult version of children, who want and need to be recognized that they have done a good job and know that someone is watching over them and appreciates them.

 Parents and guardians choose the words they live by.

 Emotional intelligence. As parents we watch our kids bomb. And we listen and ask them questions. Sometimes we get sidelined-outside. By ask questions we have another perspective and clarify the situation.

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., is an Best Selling Author, speaker, business owner, teacher, concert artist, and parent. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Business”. Her observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your business successful. Her latest book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available everywhere books are sold. If you need a virtual speaker contact Madeline at:

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