[MMM] Stephen Spielberg’s Career Advice to His Children (& the Rest of Us Too)

May 30, 2016 | The “Whisper” Edition


Good Monday Morning,


I was in Philadelphia a couple of years ago and, yes, I did climb the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where that the famous scene of Rocky was filmed. No, I didn’t get to see the Flyers play (much to my best friend’s chagrin). Philly is known as the city of independence. It is the home of the first hospital, library, business school, and medical school in the United States. It also has the largest urban park in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the culture and my time there.


The Founding Fathers had a vision of a great country built on religious freedom, rule of law, pluralism and diversity, respect for human rights and personal liberty. The Constitution of United States of America was built on these core principles.


After consuming a very healthy Philly Cheese steak for lunch, I spent part of my afternoon at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The most interesting things I saw there were the very first 88 mm camera that Stephen Spielberg used to shoot his first movies on and the typewriter used in the move Schindler’s List.




Stephen Spielberg is arguably the most successful director of our generation. His first camera was given to him by his parents and he used it to film their vacations & Boy Scout Trips. Spielberg’s vocation was literally handed to him by his father, an engineer who had an appreciation for the scientific/technical side of data recording and repaired TV sets on the side.


Watch this short clip where Spielberg shared the career advice he gave to his children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Im25BdQ8M.


I always said to my kids, the hardest thing to listen to your intuitions. In the big decisions in life the answers usually whisper in our ears, they don’t usually come in a loud voice. If you can listen to the wiser and pay attention to what tickles your heart you’ll discover what you are going to do for the rest of your life and we will all benefit.


The Whisper.


Ironically, the majority of his movies have been action & adventure blockbusters with loud audio and full of visual effects. Still, the wisdom is found in the quiet moments.


Knowing what you want to be when you grow up is a key question that we all have. The United States, for all of its flaws, has also empowered millions of people who listened to that whisper and took advantage of the autonomy to choose. People who go on to build great schools, become doctors, engineers, writers, entrepreneurs, educators and many many more.


What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s not too late to find out.


Our client, Melissa Cox says, “CareerJoy is like a career archaeologist. They painstakingly chip away at the years of junk that build up on a person’s psyche, either by choice or by habit, to reveal the original find. That they can help you reclaim yourself by removing all this debris is enough; that they do it while preserving who you always were, is miraculous.


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The Career Whisperers, along the road with you!




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