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Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message and encouragement for our Next Greatest Generation

Columns for families based on the book It Can Be Done @studentsleadusa As we wrap up this series of positive messages for America’s youth, we close with words of encouragement for future leaders. You have a great system in which to lead. In America, we set up a system of government which preserved many freedoms spelled out in our Constitution. Some people during colonial times called America a...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth — overcome negative outside influences —

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa None of us are islands unto ourselves, isolated from our environment. In fact, we can’t help but be influenced by outside factors such as media, popular culture, and peers. Unfortunately, these outside factors present special challenges today. Let’s compare how these outside factors worked many years ago in America to...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Positive messages for America’s youth — focus on achievement not envy

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa There will always be people in this world who earn more money than us or have things we want. How will we view the people doing better than us? We get to choose 100% what we think about them. We could choose to be jealous. We could choose to criticize or tear people down. We could say to ourselves and others, “They...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message for America’s youth; exceptionalism through patriotism

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Patriotism means being proud of our country, grateful, and willing to stand up for it. By looking at America’s positives, we find many good reasons to be patriotic. To begin with, we built the world’s largest economy and achieved a high standard of living. As we achieved, we became the world’s most generous nation with...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message for America’s youth — exceptionalism through freedom

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Freedom has been essential to America’s success. Unfortunately, it’s widely misunderstood. Freedom doesn’t mean having the right to do nothing and having others do everything for us. Freedom doesn’t mean having the right to violate local laws like running stop signs or hitting people, and freedom doesn’t mean having...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through courage

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Courage (or a lack thereof) is a big part of life. When some people think about courage, they think of war heroes on a battlefield, but it’s about far more than that. Courage means tackling challenges and difficulties without letting fear overcome us. Even if we don’t consider ourselves to be particularly courageous,...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message for youth about exceptionalism through competition

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa What can be wrong with having a competitive spirit? We should want to win and be the best, shouldn’t we? Some people think this way, but others don’t like competition, mainly because it can often feel more peaceful and comfortable not to compete. It’s easy to say we want everybody to be happy and win, but with competition,...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through charity

Columns for families based on the book It Can Be Done @studentsleadusa If somebody describes America as a selfish or greedy country, we shouldn’t fall for it. Tens of millions of Americans have made charity a priority throughout their lives. Most assistance for people who needed it traditionally came from family, churches and charity. Partly because of neighbors pitching in to help neighbors, we...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages on exceptionalism through community involvement

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa What is a community? Communities can include our immediate neighbors, our streets, our neighborhoods, our cities, or even entire regions. They can also include groups of people within our region and elsewhere who have common interests and join with one another for a common cause. With technology, we now have online communities...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: A positive message about nation’s difficulties with saving money, avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa America’s people and America’s government experienced difficulties in saving money and avoiding debt. Fortunately, savings and debt is a matter largely within our control. Today’s older generations chose not to control their debt. For more than a century, our federal government had very little debt. Leading up...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about saving money and avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Saving money and avoiding debt is another topic big enough for two columns. This first column will cover why people should try to save money and avoid debt. Next week’s column will explain why it’s important for the country to do the same. Saving money and avoiding debt is one of the most important issues faced by families...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages about America’s exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Last week we covered how crucial work ethic will be for our individual success. Now we cover the importance of work ethic to the entire country. Instead of skipping over the positives as some people do, let’s begin there. We can learn about America’s positive work ethic by studying America’s productivity and quality...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa President Thomas Jefferson once joked “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Just about every successful person agrees that work comes before success. In other words, “lucky breaks” usually occur after our work ethic moves us into the best position to take advantage...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for today’s youth on exceptionalism through family

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Last week we wrote about how important it can be to choose the right life partner, but what is the real purpose, the primary goal, of family? When we have children, raising them will be the most important thing our family does. It will be up to us to provide necessities for our children. It will be up to us to teach them...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Postive messages for youth about our exceptionalism and marriage

Columns for families based on the book It Can Be Done @studentsleadusa Marriage is a union that many Americans consider central to their lives, with about half of American adults choosing marriage. Most people choose their partners for love, but hopefully not blind love. Several practical things about marriage, beyond love, can make a big difference. If we choose an unwise partner, there’s a good...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for America’s youth — about importance of integrity

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa A person with integrity has strong moral principles and core values to help to guide their life. Independence means thinking for oneself without craving validation from others. Integrity and independence can go hand in hand, leading to an exceptional life. Integrity and independence help us to steer clear of...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: America is exceptional; education and training is key to jobs, the economy

This week, we focus on how education and training can make or break America’s ability to remain an exceptional country. Education and training, now more than ever, will be keys to our country’s economy and jobs. Earlier in our nation’s history, more Americans could get by without as much education or training. Today we have fewer high-paying jobs for people who have less education or less training...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Exceptionalism through respect for faith, a positive message for youth

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Every thoughtful person knows religion raises some of life’s biggest questions. Should a person believe in a higher, godly power? If so, is that godly power good, bad, or maybe even a little of both? What type of religion, if any, should a person practice? The purpose of this column is not to say which religious faith,...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for America’s youth — our exceptionalism through hope

Columns for families based on the book It Can Be Done @studentsleadusa Hope can serve as an antidote for negative people and negative social media. In America, we have solid reasons to be hopeful about the future. Just look at our low unemployment and our economy’s strong growth. Americans have opportunities to earn on the job, by owning and selling property, including stocks in companies, or...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for America’s Youth; we play for an exceptional team

Negativity. It is a word thrown around often in our lives. Parents, friends, and mentors tell us to avoid negativity, yet sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in it. We live in a time when loud people in politics, popular culture, and social media seem to enjoy dragging others down. Regardless of their negativity, the rest of us can build a positive culture centered around common ground and big,...