The best way to change people’s minds is to lead by example.
Pull. Not push.
There’s a wonderful story on this idea about a mother who has a son who eats a lot of sweets and because of this, the mother wants her boy to stop.
So one day the mother takes her son to see Gandhi so that she can ask him if he could tell her son to stop eating sweets.
Gandhi looks at the mother and then at the boy and says, “Come back in 6 months.”
The mother is confused about this and doesn’t understand why she has to come back in 6 months, but she listens.
6 months pass and the mother returns with her son. She tells Gandhi that she has patiently waited 6 months and asks if he could tell her son to stop eating sweets.
So Gandhi says, “Son, stop eating sweets.”
The mother, still confused why she had to wait so long, asks, “Why did I have to wait 6 months?”
And Gandhi says, “Because, 6 months ago I was still eating sweets.”
This is a great story to help you remember to never ask someone to do something that you yourself wouldn’t do.
This is why parents should never force their kids to do anything.
If you want your kids to read, then you should read.
If you want your kids to be in shape, then you should regularly work out and be in shape.
If you want your kids to have a strong work ethic, then you should have a strong work ethic as well.
Lead by example.
Remember that Leaders pull. Bosses push. And no one ever likes a boss.