My oldest son took a new job this week. He had only been at his very first job for a year and a half. Being that he works in finance and this very shaky economy, it seemed very brave. Especially if you consider that he joined a start-up in wealth management, in New York City during very tumultuous times...
But then I am reminded that when he first went to college he went to Stanford to play baseball with very high hopes and a scholarship. They say, (who are they anyway?) that if you have a scholarship you have guaranteed playing time. This did not happen. By the end of his sophomore year he knew he had to leave if he wanted to play.
So, he transferred to UPenn. Yup, gave up his scholarship as there are no athletic scholarships at Penn. he missed Stanford, his teammates, roommates and friends. Oh, and the weather...he really missed the weather.
But, he survived and did well. He played.
His senior year he was selected to be one of the captains of his team. he also decided that he wasn't going to pursue his dream of playing professionally. He graduated and went to work.
And, I am quite sure that the lesson that he learned from his college experience will be applied to his job experience. That there may be disappointments and frustrations, but as long as you persevere and remain flexible- looking for opportunity, success will follow.
So far, so good.