Posted August 27, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: When the Branch Creaks Too Soon?
For some young people, their branch creaked—and maybe even broke—at far too young of an age. How can we help? Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome—you’re now in The Perna Syndicate! Yesterday, we talked about the branch creak as a metaphor for the crisis moments in life that spur us to take action. Too often, young people today don’t hear the branch creak. Many of them lack a sense of urgency or fear of loss when it comes to their education and career journey, often because of their over-involved helicopter parents.
But it’s also critical to acknowledge that some young people don’t have helicopter parents. In fact, they might have parents who severely neglected or even abused them—if their parents were in the picture at all.
For these young people, their branch creaked—and maybe even broke—at far too young of an age. They had to deal with extremely difficult circumstances before they had the maturity and ability to do so. Many of these students are insecure and lack both self-confidence and motivation.
Part of the answer is to show these young people that there is indeed a Light at the End of the Tunnel for them. We need to build their hope that things can get better and they can rise above the challenges in their lives. We have to help them find their light and show them the way—their way—through the tunnel.
The statement “they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” is doubly true for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. They crave positive and happy people who take the time to share meaningful encouragement and support. These students don’t need more branch creaks; they need the Light at the End of their Tunnel. And we can help them see it.
Here at The Perna Syndicate, we’re all about shifting the paradigm for the next generation. Thanks for being part of our mission this week, and we’ll see you back here Monday on The Perna Syndicate.