August 28, 2012  

I Can’t Pursue My Passion Because My Parents Don’t Approve


Having recently seen the movie “Brave” I had to blog about this topic.  It’s also one I’ve struggled with (sorry mom, and dad, if you’re reading this – I love you, though!) 

I believe it’s natural for us to want our parents to approve of what we do, and feel we are doing something “wrong” or “Inappropriate” if we do not.   I also believe that our parents love us deeply.  Even if they might not show their love in a way we understand, they usually want for us to succeed, and do well in life.

The conflict arises, however, when their idea of what will make us successful differs from our heart’s yearning.  Our parents are thinking long term – they have planned our life out from beginning to end, know which schools we need to attend to get to the right college to get to the right job, and so forth.  We just know, from a certain time, that we want to draw circles in the sand, and then be in a rock band, and then perhaps, be an actor, a writer, or an artist. 

We are focused on the now, on our beating heart’s excitement at doing an activity.  Our parents want to be sure we will make money at it, be able to afford rent, have health insurance, or be liberated from providng it for us!

At some point, there is a choice to make – do we follow our heart and risk our parent’s disapproval, or, do we give up on our heart’s desire in favor of pursuing the path our parents have laid out for us?  (Those of you who had parents that encouraged you to follow your heart from the get-go, bravo!)  The two are conflicting thoughts; satisfying one is at the demise of the other.

In the movie “Brave”, our heroine Merida is a teenage girl full of energy and hutzpah!  Her mother is intent on making her into a princess and arranging her marriage so that she can step into her role as a future queen.  Merida wants none of it, and so begins the conflict.  Merida, however, is hell-bent on having her way.  She fights tradition, forges her own path, and then seeks to manipulate her mother’s point of view on her arranged marriage.  Her mother fights her tooth and nail – feeling that she knows what’s best, and though she loves her daughter, and sees that her daughter is not happy, opts to attempt to stifle her spirit into a gown and a marriage.

I won’t spoil the story for you, but the conflict is all too familiar for those of us who feel called to perform a duty quite different than the path our parents have planned for us.  Unfortunately, at the moment of this realization, it is a harrowing choice – whether to gain our parent’s approval, or whether to forge our own path, normally involving an activity that our parents don’t understand or condone.  Because, it is impossible, in that moment, to do what we want, if we are tied to gaining their approval.

Ironically, it is only when we take the risk to lose their approval in pursuit of our dreams, that we have any chance to truly earn their approval.  Because, up to that moment, they are not relating to the person we are, but, rather, the person they have sought to create.  So, the truth of the matter, from my point of view, is that if you really want your parent’s approval, you first must approve of yourself.  And, how can you do that if you’re trying to forge someone else’s path, rather than your own?

So, your call to action, if you have read this, and seen yourself in this article, and know that you are called to something different than the goal(s) your parents have set for you, or struggling with pursuing a passion in the face of parental resistance, is to begin to forge your own path.  Here are some starting points to do that:

  1. Notice where you are seeking guidance and counsel from your parents and being talked out of your ideas.  Begin to stop talking to them about these ideas.  Do not stop talking to them, just stop seeking their guidance on this idea you have that they don’t seem to like – you are probably asking them to help you in areas they simply don’t understand enough to provide you direction.
  2. Take a tiny step towards your goal.  If that means quitting a day job, stop spending, and start saving, and determine when you can safely take the plunge.  If it means transitioning to a completely different line of work, research that new direction to learn what you don’t know, and take measures to start filling your knowledge void.
  3. Have faith.  Believe in yourself enough that you can make this change happen. 
  4. Visualize success.  Know that at the end of the struggle lies a newly formed relationship with your parents where you get to shine in your heart’s calling AND get their approval!

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August 21, 2012  

Web Based Training Helps Employees Learn


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Today’s video lie is about the irony of businesses using web-based training as an effective means to train employees, when, in fact, those of us who have taken those trainings know better!  Listen in fo my hoopla on web-based training, a message from Corporate Cathy, and my suggestions to make training more fun, and thus, have more impact.

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August 14, 2012  

Are You Creating a Negative Nancy in Your Business?


Today’s video takes on a slightly different approach – rather than a lie of the day, it’s an expose on bad customer service, as a follow-up to last week’s video on the same theme.  If you’d like to access the document referenced in the video below, with more tips on how to create more customer-serviced policies, just click here.



August 7, 2012  

The Customer Comes Last


Hopefully you are open-mouthed at this point!  Obviously, you know this to be a lie, but judging the way many businesses treat their customers, there seems to be a lot of bull that needs to be busted.  Though we may complain most bitterly about how large companies treat us, bad customer service can trickle down. 

In the video below, I bust through the bull of bad customer service, and, I introduce you to Corporate Cathy.  She’s a real treat, especially if you don’t fall asleep on her.  If you can’t see the video, you may be viewing the feed of this post from an alternate website.  Just come on over to and you will see it in the full blog post with the title “The Customer Comes Last”.

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