Our daughter just turned 16 and went to get her driver's license. She was very nervous and somewhat stressed out at the thought of “a test”. So she set her sights on the prize at the other end (her license), took the test, and passed!
If we take a look back at what it was like for her before she even had her learner's license, it was something like this… she was dependent on her parents, brothers, friends' parents, the transit system or her feet to get her where she wanted to go. The amount of times she could get out and socialize was limited. Her circle of influence (her friends and social life) was in turn, limited.
Just like in Social Media… we start out on Twitter, Facebook, etc. with a few followers and friends, but we don't really have the knowledge, tools and confidence to really spread our social networking reach. At least, not yet.
Then came the learner's license… more responsibility and two years of learning and building confidence. Yes, she still had to have someone in the car with her, but her influence with us, her parents, was higher as we wanted her to have as much exposure to driving as possible so that she would have the skills and confidence to get her driver's license at the end of it all. As well, the learner's license made it possible for her to take driver training… an opportunity to get the additional knowledge and confidence to reach her goal.
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