I grew up in a family of four girls. As the oldest, I was told whatever I did was the minimum bar for my sisters. That meant excelling in school, sports, and being a good role model. As I grew up and starting to get ready for college, my father guided me towards business. He told me then, you have the personality for it and my sense is you will always be able to support yourself. I followed his advice. I did well.
Fast forward, my daughter is getting ready to go to college. She shares with me that she is interested in majoring in journalism. I feel a little panicked. Spend in print has collapsed. While there is the notion that content
is king, will she be able to support herself without relying on a dual income to get by? I acquiesce to her desire but share she should also dual major in business. That could be her safety net. In her freshman year, she thrives in school with high honors and taking in all that college has to offer. My daughter enjoys the Big 10 sports at Michigan State, rushes a sorority, makes nice friends on her dorm floor, and scores an internship writing for the Odyssey Online . My daughter Haley, has done an amazing job this summer writing thoughtful pieces that appeal largely to college aged kids. Her talent shows through and her eyes dance when she speaks about it. Here’s a link to one of her latest posts.
It’s when I start to read her writing that my own advice, not the advice my father gave me, comes to the forefront. As a manager for a technology company, I consistently coach people to tap into what gives them energy. Find jobs that contain a lot of those elements that get you excited. It makes work, not work. In fact, if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. This week I mentioned to my daughter a few things:
1. You are amazing and talented.
2. Always follow your passion and rewards will follow.
3. Skip the dual major if it’s writing is the path you want to pursue.
4. You are the minimum bar for your brother.
I guess an apple doesn’t fall that from the tree.