In some cultures, children are often told that they can achieve anything if they try hard enough. What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving children this message?
In some cultures, children are often given the message that as long as they work hard enough, they can accomplish anything. I believe sending them this message may increase their chances of success in life and also help them grow as a person. The main downsides may be that it can deprive them of a happy childhood and even make them doubt themselves.
On the positive side, the message in question may help increase children’s odds of success in life. It can make them believe in their talents and abilities. Such self-assurance can motivate them to work hard to move toward their goal. They may also experience personal growth in the process. When they commit to a goal, they learn to become, for example, more accountable and resourceful in order to make it a reality. Abilities like these can be valuable in their personal as well as their future professional lives.
On the negative side, telling children they can realize any of their dreams through hard work may prevent them from enjoying their childhood. They may devote all their free time to pursuing their goal, leaving little time to have fun with their peers. The message may also lead to self-doubt. Children are too young to be mentally strong enough to face big failures in life. The fact that they fail despite all the hard work may lead them to doubt their ability and intelligence.
In conclusion, telling children anything is achievable if they put in enough effort may raise their odds of success in life and also help in their personal growth. However, it may also come with the disadvantages of causing self-doubt and keeping them from having a happy childhood.