Most of us would do well to delay getting married until we are established on a career path. Then we should delay having children until we are sure we’re prepared for the challenges of raising a family. While we’re meeting our responsibilities as parents, we must remember to maintain a strong, loving relationship with our spouse.
I cannot do better than
repeat Joseph Campbell’s admonition: “Follow your bliss.”
Seek work that you love
and do it.
I do not agree, although I did until I had worked many years. Find work that you love, as long as you can earn enough to provide for your family and a reasonably comfortable retirement. Those who persist in believing wealth brings happiness are to be pitied.
We have a duty to share our assets with those less fortunate. Without faith in the basic goodness of human beings, how can we live?
I developed a profound respect for the necessity of perseverance to achieve success. I came to appreciate more and more Churchill’s admonition to “never give up.” To succeed, we must keep working out solutions to problems that so often seem unsolvable.
A successful leader must be a champion delegator. I wish I had spent more time mastering this all-important skill.
When work becomes too difficult and no longer brings pleasure, it’s time to retire. Become a mentor to the young and stay a loving friend to your spouse. Listen to your physicians.
At 25, I had no idea how much joy was possible in raising happy, successful children. I did not realize how difficult it would be, either.
The key turning point in my professional life was leaving a fairly successful business career to pursue a doctorate in organizational behavior and management. I wanted to teach, do research, and consult — and I was able to do all three.