How many kids really become professional football player, world know opera singers, American Idol Winner, etc? I think from early on kids need to learn that while it may be possible for them to achieve that status the chances are slim it will happen and everyone needs a back-up plan for which they focus their attention. It can be done in a factual way and in ways not to deflate their hopes, but it needs to be done. I'm sure some families might not like their child to hear this, but if done in a factual way, we can teach children about building their lives in two paths - their dream and their backup plan. Teach them to work hard for their dream and for an alternative. Maybe with enough hands-on lessons in probability they just might realize that having a realistic back-up plan is a good thing. Imagine a jar filled with different colored papers of different occupations and teaching students what each occupation needs in term of skills. A good visual might help them see that while they may attain their desired goal that the chances they will end up elsewhere is much higher.