When we are young, we all look to be accepted, liked, and appreciated for our accomplishments. That doesn’t just change as we get older, but when we are young, we really need adults that are going to be in our corner, supporting us, standing by us, and believing in us. It gives a certain sense of confidence that we can accomplish anything that we set our minds to and nothing is out of reach and nothing is impossible. It is important to mold those minds at a young age, because so much development in the brain happens then and it can really have a negative or positive impact, depending on what is said and how it is said.
That is why what Keith Mann is doing is so important and so vital to the success of our children’s future. He wants to give them a head start and all of the tools they need to succeed with flying colors. Along with Keely Mann, they have introduced the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement, which they are working on with Uncommon Schools. It allows for future business leaders and young minds to get a scholarship. This scholarship is for one graduating senior each year in the Uncommon School districts.
I really like the word Uncommon. Too often, children are influenced by what they see on TV and what they look at on their computers. They want to be common and they want to be like everyone else. With this magnificent award, they can stand on their own two feet and stand out in the best possible. They can realize that being uncommon is actually a good thing. It means you aren’t afraid to have an original idea, big dreams, and big thoughts. You don’t need to be anyone but yourself. You are good enough and someone believes in you and wants to reward you for your achievements. It doesn’t get any better than that and that is one of the highest achievements in my mind. It sets them off on the right foot and it leaves the world in a better place for the future.