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July 30, 2015

The Rest of the Story

Hal photo outside Feb2012“Like what you do, if you don’t like it, do something else. (Paul Harvey)

I don’t think parents talk to their kids enough about their work. In an effort to create work/life balance, we try to keep the two separate. As if they are, somehow, in direct competition with one another.

Do you like what you do? Talk to your kids about it. Don’t be afraid that you’ll somehow communicate you like being away from them more than you like being with them. That’s just dumb.

Also, when talking to your kids about their future work, be bold enough to quiet all the anxiety about the most secure occupations in the next quarter-century, and the best-paying college majors. Tell your kids the truth: find something you like to do, and find the energy and passion to do it well.

Now, “for the rest of the story,”…if you don’t like what you do—are you bold enough to do something else? What will you instruct your adult kids to do in 20 years, when they’re faced with the same dilemma?

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