Setting Children Up For Fundamental Failure

Originally published January 17, 2013.

Updated and republished September 9, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Fundamental Failure
Having your physical, mental, and emotional needs
in a particular situation neglected or denied,
setting you up to fail despite your own effort

The United States, a economically rich country, is doing less to provide its poorest children with the basics for survival. Federal and state governments limit or cut funding for health care and food, neglecting the physical needs of its poorest children.

Because their physical needs are neglected, these children live with health problems which in turn create education problems. They are more likely to endure poor health as adults, including cardio-vascular disease.

Because neglect of their physical needs prevents children from reaching their mental potential, these children do poorly in school and have low skills.

The parents of poor families work at such low wages that they have to work long hours. Those long hours mean parents can spend very little time with their children. They have little time or energy to satisfy children’s emotional needs. Because their emotional needs are neglected, these children have lower aspirations and earn less money as adults.

These children grow into adults with weak physical health, weak mental skills, and weak emotional resources. Neglect has set them up to fail despite their own efforts. Their failure means they are more likely to create freaky failure for other people rather than serendipitous success.

“The Children Left Behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world’s rich countries”
UNICEF
Innocenti Report Card 9

“Enduring influence of childhood poverty”
Katherine Magnuson and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal
Focus
Volume 26, Number 2, Fall 2009

“How Youth Are Put At Risk by Parents’ Low-Wage Jobs”
Center for Social Policy
Lisa Dodson, Randy Albelda, Diana Salas Coronado, and Marya Mtshall

“Rich countries letting poorest children fall, says new report”
UNICEF
“Report Card 9 – The Children Left Behind”
December 3, 2010

“The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter”
The PEW Charitable Trusts
May 24, 2011

Paula M. Kramer
Resource Rock Star (See websites below.)

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Being Perfect For The Job Couldn’t Overcome A Perfect Opportunity For Revenge

Originally published July 24, 2013.

Republished June 19, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Full-Blown Failure
The unforeseen failure other people intentionally create for you
because you intentionally create failure for them

Twenty year old Shawn spent a summer working for his uncle. The uncle operated the managing branch of a successful oil rig firm. Shawn’s job was to enter prospective resumes into a database. His uncle had asked him to put aside promising resumes.

One resume revealed an applicant who was “perfect for the job” with “great credentials”, “impressive references”, and a “stellar academic record”. The applicant, however, was a “pompous jerk” who had “terrorized” Shawn “all the time” through high school.

The pompous jerk had foolishly failed to see an opportunity for serendipitous success in knowing Shawn. By creating failure for Shawn, the pompous jerk invited Shawn to create failure for him. Shawn accepted the invitation. He ripped up the application and threw it in the garbage.

Foolish Failure
Failing to see opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you because you
believe your success depends on their failure

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time
to just by chance benefit from someone else’s success

Examples of full-blown failure reveal that many of them are created behind an individual’s back. The pompous jerk probably never knew how Shawn took revenge on his life.

Cosmopolitan Magazine
“Guy Confessions”
August 2004, page 38

Paula M. Kramer
Resource Rock Star (See websites below.)

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All rights reserved.

Posts on this blog alternate with posts at the link below. Posts for both blogs are published on Wednesdays as they are ready to be published. Time between posts could be weeks.

blog.speakingfromtriumph.com

Keep reading this blog for examples of 7 successes & 7 failures + soured success. Use the examples to:

Choose success instead of failure for yourself.

Recognize when other people are choosing failure for you.

Standards For Success Posters

Success & Failure Choices

Resource Rock Star Details

smilessparksuccess.com

speakingfromtriumph.com