COMMENTARY 952.4: Be What You Want to Be

“What will you be when you grow up?” It’s a serious question. As kids, we knew we were going to be something and that to be something was to be someone. Even as our ambitions changed, we knew what we were going to be was important and our choice. When I entered UCLA Law School in 1964, I wanted to …

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When Life Does Not Happen as You Expected

Sometimes life does not turn out how you expected or hoped. That doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t be happy. If you don’t limit yourself to your first version of your life, there is always a bright future ahead. If you believe the best is yet to come, you will be right.

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Seven Lessons to Teach Your Children As They Enter the Workforce

I. Don’t sell yourself short. Your value is measured by your values, not by your rank or status; your worth is determined by your worthiness, not your salary or bonus. II. Be honest and never cheat; your most precious asset is your integrity. III. Treat people with respect whether they deserve it or not. IV. Do more than you have …

VIDEO: Teen knows what he wants to be when he grows up. He wants to be happy.

Everyone knows that young people need role models. But what is amazing and uplifting is how many incredible kid role models there are. This video is a must-see, especially for educators — not only because the topic of this 13-year-old boy’s message is about education, but because of his message about happiness. What a great reminder to never underestimate young …

HOW TO BE A GREAT SON OR DAUGHTER

What kind of son or daughter are you? Are you as good as you could be or should be? Here’s a guide on how to get in the Hall of Fame. Father’s Day is set aside to honor dads, at least those worthy of being honored. But how often do you think about how well you did or are doing …

OBSERVATION: If Your Dad is Gone.

If your dad is gone, what do you wish you could say to him that you didn’t? I hope you have warm sentiments to share and the thought of your father evokes genuine gratitude and sadness that he’s gone, but be honest. Not all dads were great. Even through

OBSERVATION: What if You Had a Bad Dad?

Some dad’s are/were genuinely great – worthy of praise and gratitude. Others were or are outright jerks or villains. Most fall somewhere between these extremes. How well you did in the dad lottery is something you had no influence on. If you got a good one, enjoy your good fortune and be grateful. If your father falls short

Memo From Michael: Take a Stand on Gay Rights

One thing I’ve learned in the 813 weeks I’ve been writing and posting these commentaries is that some people who love you (or at least say they do) can turn on a dime if you disagree with them on something fundamentally important to them. So I confess I think twice (or more) before I publish a commentary I know will …

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR TEENS #17: The Summer Job Conundrum

Hi, this is Michael Josephson with my last Something to Think About story for the school year. Julia, an 11th grader was thrilled when she got an A+ on an assignment to design an advertising brochure in an art class. And when her teacher, Mr. Roberts, told her she should consider a career in advertising Julia realized that was exactly what …

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR TEENS #16: Teenagers Lead the Way

Hi this is Michael Josephson with Something to Think About. Olivia Gardner was a sixth grader in Northern California when she suffered an epileptic seizure in front of her classmates. Immediately, the name-calling began. The hallway insults and ridicule – “freak,” “retard,” “weirdo” – escalated into cyber-bullying as a few nasty students set up an “Olivia Haters” website. One student …

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR TEENS #14: Failing the Integrity Test

This is Michael Josephson with something to think about. Chad and three of his friends were college seniors and they all had to take an important physics exam on Monday. Chad persuaded his buddies to take a weekend trip several hundred miles away to go to a rock concert. They all agreed they would study in the car driving there …

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR TEENS #13: A One-Minute Graduation Speech

Hi, this is Michael Josephson with Something to Think About. This is graduation season. Many high- and middle-schoolers will be moving on to the next stage of their lives. Some will be sad to say goodbye to their school, classmates and, maybe, even a teacher or two. Others can’t wait to leave it all behind. But whether you are graduating …

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR TEENS #12: Shopping Carts and Character

Hi, this is Michael Josephson with Something to Think About. When Leon was 14, his father asked him to return a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot.  Leon was annoyed. “C’mon, Dad,” he said, “No one returns their carts anymore. That’s why they hire people to collect them. If everyone returned their shopping carts some people would lose …

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR TEENS #11: A Life-Changing Decision

Mallory Holtman, the first baseman for her college softball team, had no idea she was about to make a choice that would change her life. During a game that could determine the conference championship, Sara Tucholsky, a player for the other team, hit the ball over the center field fence. Sara was only 5’2”, had had only three hits all …