So, I sat down on the couch on Thursday night to watch my first episode of Project Runway. I have friends who enjoy the show, so I decided to give it a try. I love seeing what can come out of the mind of creative people.
Last night’s episode (Season 8 Episode 3) had a special challenge where the designers had to go to the party supply store and use whatever they could find to construct their pieces. I was absolutely amazed by the beautiful designs that came from the unexpected materials of the party store. I agreed with the winner. There was no doubt in my mind that Andy’s intricate and innovative design deserved to win the challenge. Where I had a hard time agreeing with the judges was with the loser.
Casanova either didn’t remember, or completely ignored the directions about not using table linens. Yet, that wasn’t what the judges focused on. They felt his design was in poor taste. He thought it was amazing.
- Here’s the scizophrenic trainwreck he thinks is “couture.”
Sara, on the other hand, knew that she hadn’t put forth her best. She didn’t listen to her instincts, and she continued to pursue parts of the design plan that she knew weren’t working. Sometimes “making it work” means knowing when to say “uncle”. When the judges critiqued her work, she responded very humbly. The judges had to choose between eliminating someone who seemed to them to have bad taste, or someone who didn’t trust themselves enough to know when to give up on an aspect of a planned design. I hoped Sara’s humble response would earn her more points with the judges. It didn’t.
- Here’s the forced piece that she knew wasn’t her best work.
In life, character is not always rewarded. We often ignore poor character when the person is famous, beautiful, rich or talented. Sara’s humility might not get her very far in the world of fashion. At least not in the short run.
It makes me think about the fact that I would rather my kids have character then short term success. It might not be the fast track to winning cutthroat competitions. But it will eventually be rewarded in this life, and the next. So tell me, what are you doing to encourage humility in your kids? Also, how often to you look for opportunities to discuss character based on shows you watch, media coverage, music etc.? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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