Teaching Passion

“No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball. The desire to play ball or to read must be planted. The last 25 years of research show that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest and must successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader.”

— Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook

I’ve heard it said a thousand times. You can’t teach passion.

But you sure can try.

If you want your children to become passionate readers, do as Jim Trelease suggests. Read to them, talk about books, and give them many books to read.

If you want your children to become passionately generous people, be generous yourself, talk about being generous, and give your time everyday.

What we model today becomes the foundation on which our children build their future.

Yesterday’s gift of time … Read story aloud to my daughter. After 10+ years of reading aloud to her, I can only hope that some of that passion for reading has rubbed off. More importantly, I hope that someday she develops a passion for helping people. 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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4 Responses to Teaching Passion

  1. Anonymous says:

    You certainly are setting a good example, Eric. Your generosity with your time and true engagement is inspiring to me; it must be rubbing off on your kids!

  2. Like, like, like! This is so true – role modeling is the most effective teaching method by far. And reading and generosity would be two of the best things we could role model to all children all the time! This post made me very happy. Thanks Eric!


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