Hard-core career advice for a 13-year-old


Beautiful text from a dad trying to explain the world we live in to his 13y old daughter. _My daughter Mollie had a homework assignment for her guidance class that had her ask me what I do for a living. This put me in a weird position. I do a lot of things. I didn’t know how to tell her. **But it also shows that school is too focused on “education leads to a job.” This is not true anymore**._ _The reality is the average person has 14 different careers in their lives and the average multi-millionaire has seven different sources of income. So anything that is “one-job focused” will create a generation of kids that will learn the hard way that life doesn’t work like that._ _The world changes fast. The jobs I do now didn’t exist when I was 13. And the jobs she will do don’t exist now. **So learning how to learn is more important than memorizing facts**. [...]_ _I’m a firm believer that people feel more well-being in their life when they are around people they love, they are good at what they do, and they have some autonomy (freedom) in how they make decisions._ _You get more freedom in your life by doing many different things. Some of which make money, some don’t, but all **increase your competence, relationships and freedom: the three musketeers of well-being**. [...]_ _And I screw up a lot. If you do a lot of things, you screw up a lot of things. **You have to give yourself permission to totally humiliate yourself repeatedly. If you can do that, then happiness results.**_ _I am really happy with the friends I’ve made in the past five years. Also, I learn a lot. Probably a day has not gone by where I haven’t learned a huge amount._ _The thing I dislike is that sometimes I don’t say “no” enough (even though I wrote the book “The Power of No.”) Here is the secret: **If something is not a “hell yes!” then you should say “no.”**_ _But even though this is a good technique, it is sometimes hard to follow and you end up saying “yes” because you want people to like you and you end up having less time to do the things that make you creative and give you life and energy._ _I don’t know how to solve that. Practice._ [Link](http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/31/hard-core-career-advice-for-a-13-year-old/#.pll2wd:h7fc)


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