Ever Been Broke?
My family was broke growing up. But we weren't poor. Being broke is a situation. Being poor is a mindset. If you're raised with it, you have to practice long and hard to be good at it. Look at me in my shabby clothes (third from the left). You're looking at a broke, wealthy kid!
Broke Isn't Poor
Look at my house. That's where all 6 of us kids lived with our parents. That's right: 8 of us in this little house! We didn't have a lot and we didn't have room for a lot. We shared everything: meals, beds, clothes, toys, and even school books. We had enough. And where we didn't had enough, we had an internal drive to get us there.
Less Is More
When I left home, I never looked back. That's because I was motivated to work hard to have the things and experiences I didn't have when I was younger. That attitude of less is more is what has driven me to be successful for nine decades.
Too Much Too Soon
I've noticed that young men after 1990 have a different struggle. While they would come to me for career advice (at the nudge of a family member or mentor), they lack the drive to follow through on it. Don't get me wrong: they aren't rude. They appreciate it and even say, "Thank you, Sir!"
They were not taught how to choose one over the other: what we call "making good decisions." Their "motivators" have been replaced with emotional exhaustion, mental boredom, and childish distraction.
They got too much too early.
The SOAR Idea
As a pilot, the weather doesn't always allow you a clear visual and you have to learn to "fly by your instruments." The idea came to me to create a short course for young men about nine character "instruments" that are invaluable for navigating a successful life. These were the disciplines that my parents taught us children that has served us well for the combined 520-plus years that all 6 of us have been living.
After sharing the idea with my publisher and video-taping the course, he suggested that a course like this is probably information that parents need in order to better help their boys become hardy and responsible young men.HOW THE GENERAL GOT LOST OVER THE ATLANTIC
What You Get
SOAR: Pioneer Secrets of Raising a Boy to Manhood is a parenting course that you can take at your own pace. It comes with the following features:
- Course Outline Overview
- 9 Video Modules
- 9 Downloadable Outlines
- 9 Parental Challenges
- The General's Reading List
- Lesson Plans (Bonus)
SOAR Parent Guide
A 40-page parenting manual to assist you while implementing the parenting principles taught in the course "Boot Camp with the General."