Let Them Figure it Out. Then Support Them.

I’ve spent a lot of years buying my kids great computers, surrounding them with programming books, even taking them to work related events where geeks talk about programming.

But I never tried to force them into following a programming career.  But knowing they know computers is still important.

My son handed me a rock when he was 12.  He asked me to take it to my then boss.  My then boss was a genius.  He invented raster-graphics, has a ton of patents in WiFi and networking, but he was a trained Geologist.

My then boss talked to me for an hour about that rock.  And I came home and told my son, “this is an awesome rock”.  I did not remember the technical, but non-computer related details that my ex-boss shared. They were extensive, and impressive.  Just not memorable (to me).

Now, many years later, my son declared his Major – in Geology.  The guy has always loved rocks. And found fossils, and perhaps even a couple meteorites.

I know he will be a better Geologist because he also knows computers.  But his passion is in rocks, so I applaud him.

Follow the passion.  If you are doing what you love to do, you will probably be happy.


  1. Where did he find meteorites? I need to bring him out to my ranch so he can give me a geological tour! 😉

  2. 😀

    I failed this spectacularly when I tried to force my brother into programming (But hey, I was 13 then, and he was 11 – I was stupid :)) and ended up making him hate computers in general. Sigh.

  3. @Paul – yes, I know. I’m happy enough if he can make a decent living digging up rocks. Fred Flintstone seemed to do pretty good at it! 🙂

  4. Paul Claessen says:

    A geologist? Oh well, as your example of Michael shows, not all is lost! He STILL may end up in ‘computers’.

    (just kidding)


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