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It's Going to be a Great Year

Posted on 2014.08.24 at 00:00
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Everyday since school has started, my son has volunteered the highlights of his day, sharing with me the excitement of what he's learned, especially in his Engineering and Automotive classes. Apparently some kid at school had mentioned sabotage were he ever fired from a job, so I explained that losing your job for whatever reason was always a possibility no matter what field you worked in, and that as a professional, it was best to accept this and prepare to move on to other employment. Its all part of working and being an adult.

He asked me what I would do if I lost my job, to which I reiterated the above - look for another one. But then he asked if I would find a job doing the same thing. First I replied, "Probably," but then admitted I would love to be a motivational speaker - speaking first to the local Mennonites for free to build up my portfolio and gain practical experience, then try to publish a book to go along with my speaking engagements. Much to my surprise, he said, "You should totally do that! You'd be a great motivational speaker! I remember things you've taught me from way back, I still remember some of the big words you've used."

I gotta admit, it was a surprise hearing this from him.

So far, he's really enjoying his first year of High School.


michelle1963 at 2014-08-24 20:27 (UTC) (Link)
What an awesome vote of confidence from your son! He has probably paid far more attention than you have realized. :)

Also? His enthusiasm for school is simply excellent. With an attitude like that, he can go far.
suzanne1945 at 2014-08-24 21:52 (UTC) (Link)
What a fantastic team you two have become! Way to go, Dad!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2014-08-27 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you should listen to your boy. You've certainly got an idea that you're passionate about and he thinks you have the skills and the passion required for executing on said idea.

Turn it into a hobby. You say you want to give talks to the Mennonites for free anyway to build your skill set, so why not do that now? Ask the leaders of the community when you could take a dry run at motivational speaking, presenting them with a range of topics for your trial runs.

Write that book in your spare (read non-working) time perhaps, even with your son. (Or at the very least, it sounds like your son could be your "First Reader" as Stephen King calls it in On Writing.) Give your son something else to be proud of in you, something the both of you can grow in together.

That sounds like one hellava way to spend his high school years. One that I'm sure neither one of you would regret.

Why wait for "some day" to come around? Some day will never come around. Or worse, it will come around too late.

Just fucking do it.
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