Watching my 10yr old son test for his junior black belt I realized sometimes his negative traits play a role in a positive outcome. My son has no patience for mistakes. He is so hard on himself. He won’t do something unless he can do it perfect. As his parent I struggle with teaching him forgiveness, self compassion and non judgement. Tonight I watched my ten year old son shine with focus, intent and commitment. I can’t help but to think some of those hard traits played a role in his success as a junior black belt candidate.