Practice Being Like a Child

Remember the master teacher once said 2000 years ago,
“Unless you can become like little children, your chances
are zero; you haven’t got a prayer.” A major consideration
for adults.

Be like children and remember there are four ways to be more
like a child no matter how old you get…

1) Curiosity – Be curious; childish curiosity. Learn to be
curious like a child. What will kids do if they want to know
something bad enough? You’re right. They will bug you.

Kids can ask a million questions. You think they’re through.
They’ve got another million. They will keep plaguing you.
They can drive you right to the brink.

Also kids use their curiosity to learn. Have you ever
noticed that while adults are stepping on ants, children are
studying them? A child’s curiosity is what helps them to
reach, learn and grow.

2) Excitement – Learn to get excited like a child. There is
nothing that has more magic than childish excitement. So
excited you hate to go to bed at night. Can’t wait to get up
in the morning. So excited that you’re about to explode. How
can anyone resist that kind of childish magic?

Now, once in awhile I meet someone who says, “Well, I’m a
little too mature for all that childish excitement.” Isn’t
that pitiful? You’ve got to weep for these kinds of people.
All I’ve got to say is, “If you’re too old to get excited,
you’re old.” Don’t get that old.

3) Faith – Faith like a child. Faith is childish. How else
would you describe it? Some people say, “Let’s be adult
about it.” Oh no. No. Adults too often have a tendency to be
overly skeptical. Some adults even have a tendency to be
cynical.

Adults say, “Yeah. I’ve heard that old positive line before.
It will be a long day in June before I fall for that
positive line. You’ve got to prove to me it’s any good.”
See, that’s adult, but kids aren’t that way. Kids think you
can get anything. They are really funny. You tell kids,
“We’re going to have three swimming pools.” And they say,
“Yeah. Three. One each. Stay out of my swimming pool.”

See, they start dividing them up right away, but adults are
not like that. Adults say, “Three swimming pools? You’re out
of your mind. Most people don’t even have one swimming pool.
You’ll be lucky to get a tub in the back yard.” You notice
the difference? No wonder the master teacher said, “Unless
you can become like little children, your chances, they’re
skinny.”

4) Trust – Trust is a childish virtue, but it has great
merit. Have you heard the expression “sleep like a baby?”
That’s it. Childish trust. After you’ve gotten an A+ for the
day, leave it in somebody else’s hands.

Curiosity, excitement, faith and trust. Wow, what a powerful
combination to bring (back) into our lives.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn