Former President Barack Obama appeared at an event put together by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he tackled various topics.
Mr. Obama also got personal by revealing the crucial advice he has given to his daughters — Sasha and Malia.
The Hawaiian native claimed that along with his wife, Michelle, they have decided that they would teach their children at an early age that it is important to be responsible.
Obama revealed to the audience that he told Malia and Sasha when they were toddlers that “being responsible is an enormous privilege.”
The former Senator from Illinois went on to give an example that had the audience laughing out loud.
He shared: “When they were small, their responsibilities were small, like, say when you want to go potty. As you get older, your responsibilities grow.”
Mr. Obama confessed that his spouse believes in what he describes as “basic homespun values” which means that a human being should be “kind, considerate, empathetic and hardworking.”
The ex-POTUS claimed that he lives by those values and have instilled them in his teenage daughters.
He shared: “These are the tools by which you can shape the world around you in a way that feels good… owning responsibility is what marks them or anyone a fully grown human, that means other people rely on you, that you have influence [and] that you can make your mark.”
The proud father went on to say: “What we try to encourage is the sense that it is not somebody else’s job, it is your job. That is an ethic that they have embraced.”
Obama told Sasha, 16, and 19-year-old Malia that there are various ways to contribute to society and help others.
Obama said during his speech: “They will choose to participate in different ways because they have got different temperaments, different strengths. You do not have to go out and lead the protest march; you can be children or working at a local health clinic that will make a difference.”
He added: “If you are a brilliant engineer, you do not have to make a speech. You can create an app that allows an amplification or the scaling up of something that is powerful if you are someone who likes to care for people. There are a lot of different ways to contribute, and I try to emphasize that to them as well.”
Mr. Obama concluded his remarks by saying that “you have to be persistent” because sometimes change is not easy.
Obama revealed: “We get disappointed, and we get frustrated. I always tell people that my early work as a community organizer in Chicago taught me an incredible amount, but I did not set the world on fire.”
Do you think Malia and Sasha will follow in their father’s footsteps?