WashingtonExec asked the simple question to top area executives:
“If you could give your kids only three pieces of advice, what would they be?”
Today’s critical advice comes from Mark HuYoung, Partner at Northwind Partners.
1) Take the time to enjoy where and who you are right now.
My four kids range from Kindergarten to high school. The younger ones long for the day they can enjoy the privileges and, even some of the responsibilities, the older ones have. They want to be like their older siblings. Although I’m a planner who encourages my kids to set definitive goals, I also realize life is short and there are no guarantees! I want them to take the time to genuinely enjoy who and where they are in the present and, in many cases, the moment. They may not get it again.
2) To have good friends, be a good friend.
A true friend loves us where we are and for who we are no matter the circumstances. They give of themselves without expecting anything in return and care only for our best. I tell my kids how important it is to be that kind of friend. They will never be at a loss for good friends when they need them.
3) No matter what happens in life, Never Lose Hope.
No parent wishes hardship or trials for their children, but those trials will inevitably occur whether they be personal or professional. Hope is ultimately what gets us out of bed and keeps us going. Without it, life loses a great deal of meaning.