by Jason Ramsey
This post was written through a partnership with Thrively. All opinions are my own.
Thrively is a startup company that strives to help children find and/or acknowledge their strengths and passions. It is currently a start-up company with loads of potential. Jon Kraft is the CEO. You may have heard of him, he founded a little site called Pandora, and has been involved in many other successful start-ups. I had a chance to be on a call with Jon earlier this month, and he has a great vision for where this site can go and how to take it there. This isn’t just a business though, it’s a mission. One that keys on understanding and nurturing the strengths of children. After all, they are our most important resource.
Their mission and goals align with mine in many ways. I own the School of Rock in Wichita, KS. We see kids on a daily basis who are looking for their ‘thing’, or as one mother put it, their child’s “give a damn”. She was desperate to find something her child gave a damn about. She isn’t alone. A lot of parents out there are looking for their childs ‘thing’. It can be difficult to find, but easy to recognize. It must be something they have fun doing but also be a good fit with what their strengths are.
Most parents know their children pretty well and can identify their aptitudes. Usually more so than the child can themselves, but it can be difficult for the child to accept an assessment from their parents. This is why most parents don’t teach their kids guitar, or coach them in sports.
The beauty of Thrively is it takes the parents viewpoint out of the equation for the child. The child answers the questions, and the results are specific to the child without any input from Mom or Dad. Sometimes the child may already be involved with an activity that they love, and this assessment can acknowledge that they’ve made the right decision. This happened with my 12-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, who are heavily involved in music and sports. Others can realize strengths they didn’t know they had, then receive recommendations on activities would otherwise be difficult to locate.