American inventor, Beulah Louise Henry, wrote, “If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father.” An attitude of resourcefulness inspires unconventional thinking and the capacity to visualize possibilities that extend beyond our periphery. Every problem has a solution, sometimes we only need to be more creative, flexible, and resourceful. Mothers should model and teach one of the most valuable of all human resources: resourcefulness.
Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, says, “Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.” Two renowned books from American author, John Maxwell, offer advice on strengthening our resourcefulness as a leader: Developing the Leader Within You and Developing the Leaders Around You. Aware of obstacles that are either in their face or on the horizon, resourceful leaders don’t stand still—they do more with less—opening doors, building bridges, and breaking boundaries to solve any problem that comes their way.
Hardship often gives way to incredible resourcefulness. American author, Ernest Hemingway, wrote, “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” Turn innovation inward; don’t always seek to create something new, make old things work better. Re-invention is tempting, but sometimes, things that aren’t broke don’t need to be fixed. As we strive to redefine possibilities, remember the tools we’ve used to get to where we are today, have an open mind, and keep it simple.
If we aren’t sure how to fix something, Google it, watch a YouTube video, or call a friend for advice. When brainstorming for solutions to problems we haven’t yet figured out, get children involved in the conversation. Teach kids that with creativity, initiative, and a growth mindset, we can repurpose challenges into opportunities. If they learn to be resourceful, this one habit will pay great dividends for the rest of their lives.
Ways to Inspire Resourcefulness
Let children try things and discover for themselves whether their approach does or does not work; mistakes and failure are two of life’s best teachers. Rather than praising intelligence, praise effort. Help children adopt a growth mindset, which will reinforce that hard work and creativity grant us almost unlimited capabilities. If we want to solve new problems, we only need to learn new things.
In the words of Tony Robbins, “Success is not about your resources. It’s about how resourceful you are with what you have.” Teach children that with complete and total commitment, they’ll be able to find the resources they’re looking for. Read the biographies of resourceful entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney. Commend children anytime they learn from mistakes or anytime they discuss unconventional ideas to visualize beyond normal circumstances.
An ever-growing arsenal of tools continue to be introduced to the world by way of technology, allowing us be far more productive than at any other time in human history. Exploration and discovery of available tech resources offer monumental efficiency gains that weren’t available for previous generations.
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When the mission is complete, we can survey both ourselves and our team to ascertain where different contributions might have produced a superior outcome.
Merriam-Webster defines resourceful as “able to meet situations; capable of devising ways and means.” American author, David Burkus, wrote, “This is a hard truth for some to accept: that a lack of resources may not be their true constraint, just a lack of resourcefulness.” As we create the life we envision for ourself and our family, is not resourcefulness one of the most desirable of all habits? With guidance and support, mothers can foster our children’s resourcefulness so they can create any life they’d like for themselves.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” —Colossians 1:15-17 NASB
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