I think stories, whether cultural tales or real life examples really inspire children to reach for their goals and see what is inside them. There are a lot of examples of people who went their own way and succeeded either because of or despite their circumstances. Eleanor Roosevelt was expected to be more of a society lady and became a social crusader. I remember her wearing a hair net on t.v. and she was thrown out of the prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution, but she still carried on her own mission. Martin Luther King, Andy Warhol, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Both Roosevelt Presidents and mother Hale are just a few of the and very diverse group of people who succeeded despite so many reasons not too. When kids have a hero to relate to and see that the hero wasn't born with a plan but focused on what meant the most to them and succeeded, it can be motivating.
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