My kids are early in their careers. It’s cool to see them find their path.
That's because for a huge portion of their childhood, I was in a big corporate job burning out in dramatic fashion (cue the woman on fire trying to put it out with a hammer).
I've had my own business since 2014 and haven't looked back. I barely recognize the corporate me...I don't know how I balanced on those 4-inch platforms with what felt like the weight of the world on my shoulders.
As my kids start their careers, I think what advice I would give them knowing what I know now. Here's my list:
Use all your vacation time and sick days. And don't work on any of them.
If you're at a conference in Las Vegas and wonder, "Are these shoes going to be comfortable all day?" Wear the other pair of shoes.
Starting your own business isn't nearly as scary as you think it will be. So if you have an idea, let's go for it. I know someone who can help you with your brand and marketing...
Get a subscription to the Harvard Business Review. You’ll learn so much.
There's always room to negotiate your salary.
When traveling for business, stay at a Kimpton Hotel wherever possible.
Executives love it when you ask for their opinion on something...maybe something from the Harvard Business Review?!
People are delighted to help. So ask.
If you're ever torn between the pull of work and family, the answer is always family.
Your network is your most powerful tool in your toolbox. Tend to it like a garden.
Two drinks max at any company event.
Remember your boss is a human with a past and a family and hopes and dreams and fears and flaws and attributes. Don't hold them to a higher standard just because they make more money than you.
Disconnect. Leave at 5. Leave email for the morning. Those boundaries are how you'll avoid burning out like I did.
Franny, Gus. I love you both and am so proud - and so excited to see your lives unfold.
xo, Mom aka Heather