This past weekend, I was at my daughter’s 6th grade orientation. It was exciting for her because she’s entering a new phase of her life and she’s been on cloud nine about being the bigger kid and moving onto bigger, better things.
The purpose of the event was to get kids and parents excited about networking and getting involved at school during their middle school years. They were drilled with the idea that their end goal was to go to college so that they could get a great job doing what they love.
The Principal urged the kids to aspire to do something meaningful and productive to society instead of becoming a YouTuber! She kind of mocked YouTubers and it annoyed me.
I was annoyed about that statement because it shows how closed minded schools can be about stepping outside the box and doing something different that contributes to the world.
She mocked YouTubers and judged them as if they were just playing a game. She made it seem like it’s a joke of a job that doesn’t use intellect, technical or very intricate skills.
I’m not sure if she’s aware that there are T
HOUSANDS of YouTubers who have made millions by prov
iding a service or product to so many people and they’ve literally changed people’s lives in very positive ways. They’ve helped me in so many ways. I taught myself to build this website because of YouTubers. THANK YOU!
I can think of so many people who have used YouTube for great causes like Marie Forleo. She has an award winning YouTube channel where she interviews amazing successful people about building an online business and overcoming life challenges.
She has created a business school for so many people who can’t work an 8-5 outside of the home because of their special-needs family member, because they have health challenges themselves or simply because they’d rather bust their behinds to work for themselves than for someone else.
Another one is Lejuan James, whose YouTube channel has been very popular. He posts hilarious videos that teach about Puerto Rican culture and his comedic style has alleviated a lot broken hearts.
A lot of people might not see a value in that, but apparently millions of other people do and he’s made a very cushy living from his very funny videos.
The point is that while being a YouTuber might seem like an easy thing to do, it’s not. It takes skill to create something that is compelling, funny and valuable at the same time.
The technical skills required, such as video editing, producing, screenwriting, photography, and the marketing knowledge that goes into making these videos are the skills we value in movie producers and playwrights.
Most of all, knowing how to reach out to people and knowing how to touch that soft spot that attracts people to listen is a real gift that not everyone has. Otherwise, we’d all be YouTubers, right?
So, my point is that when you speak to kids about their future jobs, don’t limit them and encourage them to be creative in what they want to do. Not everyone wants to be in a corporate job and not everyone wants to work for someone else.
If you’re going to spend the majority of your adult life busting your behind day in and day out, why not encourage your child to do that for themselves?
After all, the most exciting things in life, the most innovative products and services out there didn’t become a hit for being the same as everything else. They became hits because people didn’t realize they wanted something different and when they saw it, they went out and took a piece of the pie.
So, start talking to your child about the possibilities of them sharing their talent in a unique non-conventional way.
Who knows, you might just have the next epic innovator in your house drinking out of the milk carton right now.
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