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Tall Poppy (NZ) Granting Children Permission

Sit Down Tall Poppy!

“I’ve accomplished and experienced enough “impossible” things to realise that nothing is impossible, and every day I crave the challenge of proving that… Every dream you imagine, everything you see and hear and feel in your sleep, that’s not a fantasy, that’s your deep instinct telling you it can be real. Follow those visions and dreams and desires, and believe what you know. Only you can turn those dreams into a reality. Never stop until you do.” - Tim Grover  

Children need permission. Permission to unashamedly believe in themselves. Permission to think BIG. Permission to dream grand dreams. Permission to chase their most “absurd” and “delusional” desires. Permission to see, believe and act on behalf of their greatest visions. Permission to follow their instincts. Permission to deny the voice of a status quo telling them “You can't do it. It is impossible." 

Too often the dreams, visions, and ideas of children are obstructed by rational and fixed minded adults. Adults that were once children themselves with dreams, visions and BIG ideas of their own. Adults that were never granted permission as children to grab their greatest ambitions by the short hairs and pull, hard. Adults that have realised everything in life is impossible outside of a 9am - 5pm. Adults that can't sleep well enough anymore to dream at all.   

Give a child permission and they stand a chance of being a Tall Poppy (read tall poppy syndrome): A human that never stops growing. A person that blossoms and rises above the crowd. A realiser of one dream after another. A beast that fails to accept failure and acknowledge failure. An opportunity winner.

Every child needs a champion. Someone backing them. Someone supporting them. Someone rooting them on, "despite the odds." Champions are needed. The children are everywhere. 

1.) Show Up...  2.) Work Hard...  3.) Listen...

The Olé Football Academy Culture Wall. The staff are working hard each day to "walk the talk."

The Olé Football Academy Culture Wall. The staff are working hard each day to "walk the talk."

Ben Sippola