The name of this site is “Ways to Make a Living.” I call it “WTML” for short. We talk about lots of different things on this site regarding how to make money. Some of the things I write about are theoretical, most are things that I actually do, and work to make a living for me.
Recently, though, I have been confronted within my family with an even more “real world” scenario in terms of how to make a living.
You see, my son, Aaron, is in his 4th year of High School. In Western countries that is generally known as his “Senior” year of high school. Here in the Philippines where we live, it is called “4th Year High School.”
Your Senior Year is certainly a great time in your life. You have lots of friends, and do some great things together. There is a lot of fun to be had, for sure.
Responsibilities are coming
But, Senior year is also a time when you have to start thinking about the future. Next year will be time for college. Starting college is a big step in life, and this last year of high school is a time when a young man like Aaron must decide what he wants to do with his life. What kind of job does he want to have? What are his interests? What skills does he want to pursue? What should he study in College? Should he even go to college at all, or if so, should he go immediately to college? These are all important decisions for a young man like Aaron. As Aaron’s father, I want to help him make those decisions. It is not up to me to decide those things, only he can do that, but I want to provide him with the tools that will aid him in making the right decisions.
Over the past month or so, Aaron and I, along with his mom, have had some discussions to get an idea of the direction that Aaron is thinking of. Like many his age, Aaron is a bit unsure of what directions he wants to take in life. Not surprising. What Aaron is sure of, though, is that he wants to do something that involves computers. Aaron has had a deep interest in computers for many years already, and he is quite knowledgeable in the field too. However, he is still unsure of what direction he wants to take with computers.
Time to visit some friends
Being that most all of the things that I do involve computers in some way or another, I know a lot of people in our area who are in the field. I know people who are owners of businesses like graphic design, app development and other such computer businesses. I have a friend who is a world renowned writer of computer “Bibles” for different types of software. In the circles that I am involved in, there are many of these types of people who are real “players” in the type of business that my son wants to be involved in. When I thought about this, I realized that it was time to bring my son around to meet a few of my friends, and let him ask them questions. Certainly, if he asked enough questions of my friends, he would get a better focus on exactly what he would enjoy doing, and what he could be successful at.
A little help from my friends
So, Aaron and I have already started on our journey to talk with friends who can be helpful in his quest for knowledge and guidance. Last night we had our first such meeting, and I will write up a detailed article about that for my next post here on WTML in the coming days. It was apparent to me, even from one such meeting, that Aaron was getting a great benefit from these meetings, and I am sure that he will find great help from asking questions of those who are already “in the know” regarding these subjects.
So, come back next time to read more about our first meeting! And, of course, good luck to Aaron in his search!