As I mentioned in the past couple of articles here on Ways to Make a Living, my son Aaron is in his senior year of high school, and I am making an effort to try to provide guidance to him on what direction he should go with his future studies and also his career direction. Of course, it is all based on his preferences, I don’t want to force him into something on which he has no interest, but rather look at what he desires, and guiding him on how to get where he wants to go most effectively.
Previously, we met with Chris Cubos, a mover in the tech development crowd here in Davao, and a friend of mine for the past decade or more.
This past weekend, it was time to meet with another friend of mine, Ted Padova. Ted is an expert on many types of Adobe Software, particularly in the field of PDF and Adobe Acrobat. Ted has written many great books on Adobe Products, and is a world known writer. He has been living in Davao for the past 5 or 6 years or so.
Ted gave Aaron a little bit of a different look than Chris did, which is good. That’s the whole reason why we are talking to more than one person, because each person has their own outlook and gives a different view of the potential.
One of the things that Ted told Aaron, which I fully agree with, is that getting a job is not necessarily a good thing, it’s much better to work for yourself, like Ted and I do. Aaron felt a little confused due to the fact that the advice given by Ted and Chris seemed, in many ways, to be contradictory. I explained to Aaron, though, that his job was to look at the advice given by each person, look at their achievements, and decide which bit of advice would best lead him to the things that he wants to achieve in life. It is important to remember that there are many paths to success in life and in business, and you just have to choose which path you want to follow. Heck, you can even make your own path, but you just have to work a bit harder to do that.
One piece of advice that Aaron got from Ted was that it might be a good idea to hold off on college for a year or two. During that time, Aaron could attend some seminars and training classes focusing in on a specific piece of software. By doing that he can get the most up to date information, more intense and detailed training, and also have more time to decide where he really wants to focus his education. I personally feel that is a great path to take at this point in his life.
Ted, if you read this, I want to thank you for spending some time with Aaron. While most of the things you said were things I have already told Aaron, hearing it from multiple voices is good for a teenager. Sometimes, when you are a teenager, what your Dad says may not mean as much as if others say the same thing! I know… I was a teenager once!
Thanks again, Ted.