I was raised to believe that if you work hard and are honest you will succeed.
I raised my kids with the same premise. Be honest, work hard and there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.
Then we see news like yesterday’s college bribary scandal. Parents, very rich parents were found to have paid a great deal of money–in one instance more than a million dollars–to ensure their children a spot at an elite school.
What does that say?
It says loud and clear that those parents did not encourage their children to do their best.
They did not teach their children that they cannot have every capricious thing they want.
These parents did not show their kids how important honesty is.
And worst of all they taught their children that their strongest advocates–their parents–did not believe in their ability to get into college on their own merits.
While this is a horrible thing and it is appalling that some very deserving students did not get a spot at their college of choice because of these cheaters, I believe this is a good lesson for all of us to learn.
Work hard, be honest. Success comes in more important ways than in the name of your University.
Success comes by merit–by earning it the hard way, the right way. And success gives each one of us a very important thing–it allows us to sleep soundly at night knowing that your life was well earned.