I was at dinner the other night and had a rare opportunity to advise my 21-year old nephew.
As he approaches his college graduation he is, as many often are, lost in terms of what to do next. It is not as if jobs are falling off of trees and after years of pouring it to the coals to get through school he wants a change but just isn't quite ready to declare what he wants to be when he grows up.
That makes him absolutely normal, by the way. And I told him so. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
But I did give him this advice: never, ever
trust an employer -- and always have something on the side to do. Something you can call your own.
"Oh?" he said. "You mean like that Christmas thing you've been doing the last couple of years?"
My sister -- his mother -- chortled a bit. I gently reminded him that I've been doing this "Christmas thing" for 20 years now.
He gave me a blank stare....