I had the most amazing time today at the 2014 Ultimate Show for Women in Virginia Beach, VA. I was so proud to be on assignment and promoting the National Association of Professional Women. You can find pics of yours truly and other pics/information at: https://www.facebook.com/NapwNewportNewsLocalChapter.
One young woman was the perfect example of what many of us do wrong with the best intentions. She shared with me how she is a young college student that would like to open a hair and nail salon. She said that many people told her she was too young to do that and it is ridiculous for her to pursue such a dream as a communication major. REALLY?
Hello, as a communications major she will learn the art of public speaking, writing, interpersonal skills, critical thinking and technology. What business owner doesn't need that? So while someone else wants to be a nail technician or hair stylist, this young lady can be a salon OWNER. That is my idea of multiple streams of income and making your money work for you!
Reality Check: regardless of your age, you owe it to the next generation to pay it forward. You have the responsibility regardless of your status, career, accomplishment or job title, to encourage the next generation to dream dreams while sharing your experience, knowledge and connections to help them achieve ANY and EVERYTHING they set their mind, heart and soul to.
After all, don't you remember when you were child and dreamed of becoming an astronaut, doctor, lawyer, teacher, dancer, etc.? Do you remember the first time someone laughed at your dream or told you, you'll never be able to do that. Remember how defeated you felt; the feeling like someone took a pin and burst you balloon? EXACTLY. Yes, you may have the best intentions to shield the next generation from failure or disappointment but what you are actually doing is teaching them a visionless, passionless life where they live to fulfill someone else's dream and not their own.
So go beyond having the best intentions; if you think the path the next generation has chosen is too hard, be determined to find tools, resources and connections that will lighten their road. You can't fall if you don't climb. But there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground." --Dr. Suess