Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur

Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur

One of the things I love to do is to watch movies that have sophomoric humor. I am 42 going on 5 and I don’t have a problem with it. One of my favorite movies is StepBrothers. I know it is dumb and totally sophomoric, but I still love it. A couple of days ago TBS was running StepBrothers for the umpteeth time and I had to watch it. As I tuned into the ending (perhaps the best part) I caught wind of the fatherly advice put forward by the stepfather, “don’t lose your dinosaur.”

Who would’ve thought that the movie Stepbrothers could give such sound advice. Not losing your dinosaur should resonate with Mr. 1500 who is always carrying around Frugalsaurus and other dinosaurs.

I actually showed this clip today as I was doing a transfer advising workshop. College students are under tremendous pressure to choose the right major so they can get a job right away. But the dirty little secret of academia is that a major only gets you in the door. Internships, getting involved on campus, and studying abroad are what I counsel my students to do to set themselves apart from others.

Because of this pressure students gravitate toward majors like Business and don’t pursue majors like Philosophy or Art. That is all fine and good and a Business major is fine, but if you don’t love what you do; if you don’t have a passion for it then you will most likely fail.

70% of Americans hate their jobs. So my advice to you is “Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur.” Even if you have made a lot of money what are you passionate about? What do you want to make your life about? And it doesn’t have to be about money, but not losing your dinosaur is one of the keys to life.

For me, my dinosaur is politics. Yes, I know that makes me weird, but I love it. I love everything about it. I know people think that all politicians do is fight and bicker, but that is part of the system. We argue. That is what Americans do. America is a series of ARGUMENTS. And that is ok.

Aristotle once argued that politics is the master art and rhetoric is the ethical branch of that art. My expertise is in rhetoric and politics so I guess that means I am studying the most important subject.

Certainly that is up for debate, but when you are considering what you want to do for career or job don’t be swayed just because there is a good marketplace for something right away. Most people will change careers 5-7 times in their lifetimes. And I mean careers, not jobs.

What is your dinosaur?

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