Reimagine the Future

July 5, 2017


We celebrate with Emirates Team New Zealand, and thank them for bringing the America’s Cup home to New Zealand. The Team have displayed extraordinary high levels of innovative practise in creating a winning culture, in placing unprecedented technical innovation on the water, practical problem solving, and deep resources that got them through the tough times resources which, frankly, had little to do with money and everything to do with belief and culture. They took on the most powerful in the world, and showed what a bunch of ordinary 'under budget' New Zealanders can do. They have inspired us with their courage, determination, unity and skill, and we are proud of their sportsmanship and character. Who was that famous South Islander who said, 'We don't have any money. We will have to think harder.'?


The leaders of the opposing teams have become somewhat of a study in celebrity tactics and character, the proud Australian, Jimmy Spithill, goading the quiet and understated New Zealander, Peter Burling. Peter Burling is a master of understatement. What can we make of the example of this young leader who never rose to Jimmy Spithill's bait and never engaged on the agenda being set for him by his seasoned and formidable opponent?  Peter Burling did not win this America’s Cup Victory without self-control. 


One of the findings of the Dunedin longitudinal study of the health, development and well-being of New Zealanders was surprising. It was not a finding they were prepared for or a finding they had imagined would be important. Consequently they subjected the discovery to close scrutiny.  The single most important factor in shaping a child’s capacity to achieve academic performance was not brains, natural talent or charisma, it was self-control.


The study showed that childhood self-control predicts physical health, personal finances, and success in life.  The effects of children's self-control could be disentangled from their intelligence and social class, as well as from mistakes they made as adolescents. A cohort of five hundred siblings was compared and those with lower self-control were found to have poorer outcomes despite a shared family background.


The Bible tells us in Proverbs 25:28: "An open town and without defences: such is anyone who lacks self-control."  Give your child a head start.  Send your child to Carey College to find God’s plan for their lives and get a head start in developing character, in developing their self-control and leadership potential.

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