This is my third and final blog, for now. Over the last week, I have shared my experiences and emotions connected to my daughter Matty's arrival to college.
I am hugely gratified and appreciative of the feedback from colleagues and clients to my stories about selfies on the beach, sloppy tears, and dorm room set up. Thanks for crying and smiling along the way with me.
So what does this all add up to?
I write this exactly one week since we dropped off Matty, and all seems to be going well. I think Matty has appreciated the candor with which I have written. Yesterday, she told me that she and one of her best friends re-tweeted my second blog! I felt good about that – that my work life and personal life can blend in a way that makes sense for all of us.
Yesterday, Matty shared an email from one of her professors. She wrote to the students, “Be bold…it's a big class, who cares? Raise your hand and ask a question or disagree.” Sound familiar? Great advice for the classroom and beyond.
I thought I would conclude here with my “top ten” for Matty that I think is relevant to all of us, wherever we are in our career and life cycle.
1. Unleash your curiosity.
2. Seize as many enriching experiences as possible. Say yes more than no.
3. See the world. Learn a new culture. Be part of the global community.
4. Know who you are – evolve your personal brand and live it.
5. Pull up a chair to the table. Participate. Let your voice be heard.
6. Make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.
7. Balance work, life, and family in the way that's right for you.
8. Act silly. Take selfies.
9. Find your passion and pursue it to the fullest.
10. Be a good, kind, and polite person.
What's your best piece of advice?
Barby Siegel is CEO of Zeno Group.