That’s awesome. Judging from the age of you son, I completely understand how doing a lot was not a priority in your thirties.
As for giving advice to a 11 year old son, I’d say this I’m probably the wrong person to give any advice on that since I’ve never been in that situation.
BUT, there’s one quote that resonate well with what I’m thinking:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” — Jim Rohn
Our subconscious helps us learn best by osmosis, meaning we learn from the environment around us.
In which case I’d say the best advice you could give is not verbal advice, but showing by example. Try to be one of the five people he spends the most time with. By seeing you do, he’ll be inspired to do.
In the small town I grew up in near Montreal, drug consumption starts at between 11–13 years old. That’s very young! Everyone were into drugs by 13 because that was the environment.
But I never really got into it. It may sound lame, but I think of the reason is because I spent a lot of time with my mom. She’s a single mom who raised 4 boys on her own. She was/is a really hard worker and was a role model for me growing up. I also work with much older people than me, so it helped me acquire maturity a little faster than most.
I guess I had more to say on that than I thought I would haha!
Hope that was helpful in any way!