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Que Sera Sera, Whatever We Choose To Be, Will Be!

It’s time to change the learning experience through right nature & nurture in schools, homes and society.

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When I was just a little boy
I asked my mother what will I be
Will I be handsome will I be rich
Here's what she said to me
Que sera sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera sera

“All children are born great, grown-ups FFF us up”. NO-NO-NO! I am not using French or Swahili. Simply explaining how we get FFFed up with 3F-Lessons. This song is analogous for all the frivolous, futile and fatalistic lessons taught to children in modern-education-systems and homes by parents, teachers and grown-ups

Why-Frivolous? - False lessons promoting materialism, hedonism, hubris, avarice, fakery & vanity! Will I be handsome, will I be rich? Seriously! How about being better humans, who fulfil their responsibility? Whenever I ask large-groups of people in the audience during Leadership-Talks “What is the fundamental responsibility of a Human-Being?” Most don’t know! The inherent responsibility of a human-being is to create a better Earth or at least preserve-replenish our natural resources for future generations. Alas, grown-ups don’t know! So how will they teach children? 

Why-Futile? – We dumb kids down through rote-studying to acquire high-percentage, fancy-degrees, futile-titles from expensive schools. Most people study, but do not learn2learn or internalise the learning. To paraphrase P. Sainath- “People we call 'highly educated', are merely expensively educated”. Truth be told, most people are ONLY DEGREED not EDUCATED and do not know how to unleash their unlimited potential. 

Why-Fatalistic- Whatever will be will be. LOSER MINDSET. It’s Fuzzy and disaffirms our circle-of-influence to create our own future.  Each of us is the grandmaster of our future and creator of our destiny. We can become whoever or whatever we want to become and have unlimited potential to create our own destiny. It’s not God-sent or preordained. That’s wrong learning and blind-beliefs!

Ideas for Action: Let us not teach children to just become career-mules and mindless conspicuous- consumers. Let’s lead by example and actions to become better humans who are

Caring Citizens – Proactive Citizens who exercise Individual-Social-Responsibility

Champions-of-Change – Be the change you want to see in our world. None of us can change everything but everyone can change something. 

Compassionate Humans & Leaders – Not just career-mules/climbers, but GO-GIVERS who are disciplined professionals and create value with personal-ownership-accountability-(POA).  Humane Leaders who fulfil our responsibilities by making positive contributions in all our roles as citizens, family-members, team-members, community-members and human beings. 

To quote legendary Dr. Haim Ginnot from his book Teacher and Child “Dear Teacher: I am a survivor of a concentration-camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness: Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot and burned by high school-college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education. My request: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human”. 

It’s time to change the learning experience through right nature & nurture in schools, homes and society. We have taken baby-steps by refining the song with globally-renowned musicians, young students, educators and parents and changed the mindset of the song. Given below is a part of the revised song which will launch soon on YouTube.

When I was just a little boy
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
a GOOD HUMAN, you should be
Future’s your responsibility
Que Sera, Sera
What you choose, will be. 

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Jerry is a management & OD consultant, celebrated inspirational orator, teacher, UN advisor, internationally certified leadership subject matter expert, trainer, Executive coach and an effective, innovative fundraiser and missionary entrepreneur

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