Failure to launch

Have you seen this movie? Starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker?

It’s kind of dumb. But it’s kind of funny. In that: “Oh, look what’s on TV on a Sunday afternoon while I’m playing on my computer and baking cookies and the kids are napping” kind of way.

This post has nothing to do with the movie, but the sentiment popped into my head: Failure to Launch.

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about it:

Yesterday, I met two fascinating people. They are the parents of a man that we’re nominating for a prestigious award and we were interviewing them to hear more about his life, his childhood and how he became how great he is.

When I met them, I knew.

They were smart, articulate, warm, engaging — but most importantly, they loved their son. And through this love, this support, and this healthy “family safety net,” they empowered him to launch into the world fearlessly. To take risks. To live big. And all because he knows that when all is said and done, they are always there for him.

And not in an enabling sense that over-indulges or needlessly rescues, but in an unspoken strength that allows his entrepreneurial spirit to fly courageously.

It has been said many times — and will be said many times more: parents are so, so important. For it’s hard to leap into greatness if we don’t have a sturdy ground to launch from.



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