5 Things I Hope my Kids Learn

Mike Morgan - a pizza guy

I have learned some lessons early and some later than I would have liked to. I hope that my children can live their lives well and be happy. Here are 5 things I hope they learn and use to live their lives.

1. Money won’t make you happy, but neither will being broke.

Don’t spend your live chasing money. When you devote your every waking moment to money it can leave your life empty. Yes, you will have a bunch of nice shit you bought. You will have all of the coolest cars, clothes and toys. But that endless pursuit often comes along with the erosion of your relationships with family and friends. It often comes with the erosion of your morals and eventually, your soul.

Don’t chase poverty either. Being broke is never cool. It fills your life with stress. Simple things become a large part of your life, like paying for food and shelter. Try to make enough money so you don’t have to stress over necessities. Make enough money to allow for some comfort in your life. But don't let it become your life.

2. Love the shit out of your loved ones.

Tell your friends and family how you feel about them. Do nice things for them. Spend time with them, go places, do things. Don’t let your important relationships deteriorate. Nourish those relationships as often as possible. Go to the ends of the earth to help them. In the end, they are all you have. They are a much bigger part of your life than you may ever realize.

3. Spend your money on experiences not stuff.

Stuff depreciates, experiences don’t. Going to an awesome concert with friends can strengthen your bonds and give you memories that last a lifetime. Buying stuff is fleeting. Stuff quickly loses its usefulness. All that glitters is not gold.

4. Be the best version of yourself.

Bust your ass. Don’t be lazy. Get up early and work hard on your career, family and your fitness. Beat the you from yesterday. Top your best. You have to fight for the life you want. Nobody is going to give it to you. It is likely that nobody else will even care. You must work hard at building yourself into the person you were meant to be. This must happen EVERY SINGLE DAY. You can take days off from relationships or work…but you cannot take days off from yourself.

5. Just because you believe something, doesn’t mean everybody else will.

People have different opinions and that is ok. You don’t always have to convince people that you are right. Speak your mind and let other’s do so as well. Don’t become set in your ways. When you become inflexible in your thoughts, seek out an opinion that is different from yours. Try to see things from all sides. This helps you to be open-minded and more considerate of other’s point of view. It also makes you a better person and a much better friend.