Dear Mister Kenny:
I’m a 22-year-old male and I just graduated from college. But I’m sorry to say I have no definite career in mind.
I majored in education and graduated with honors, but since graduation, I really know in my heart that I would not be successful as a teacher, probably because I don’t have the patience!
How would you suggest I go about finding an idea that would interest me a lifetime? I don’t want to keep changing positions; I just want something to last a lifetime.
I trust you because you are so positive in what you tell the people who write to you and I look forward to hearing from you.
My suggestion to you is to attend various conventions and expos that are open to the public. Trust me, in your case, it will be well worth the admission fee. It will be an education for you and will be a cure to your problem, I’m sure.
For example, if you attend a convention where someone is demonstrating a new product for cooking or for health and wellness, you might be inspired to invent a related product or enter that field as a career. An art show might be another event to attend.
I psychically feel that you need to broaden your horizons instead of thinking of one career path and one only. And some of the most successful people don’t have one career for their entire lifetime, as you suggest.
As an example, the other evening I had dinner at Phyllis Diller’s home. My great friend is known to many primarily as a superb comedienne. But how many know that she has a grand piano in her spacious living room and has many times given concerts with a symphony orchestra in great concert halls around the country? Also, her walls are adorned with creative paintings – believe it or not, about 100 in all. And, to surprise you, she’s painted them all.
She continues to paint and make personal appearances, so clearly, she has mastered several talents in her lifetime and all of them most successfully. By the way, she’s 90+ years old and looks wonderful.
For the last couple of months, I’ve attended many Hollywood collectible shows selling my books and autographing photos. But that doesn’t stop me from now preparing another television series of my own, which is in pre-production. And I’m writing my seventh book, again with Valerie Porter, my co-writer. The book will be called (depending upon publisher discretion) “I’ve Known Them All from A to Z.”
At the last collectible show where I appeared, the Hollywood Show, I was seated next to Henry Winkler and the cast of “Happy Days.” For the two days we were there we were all very busy signing autographs and selling our books.
Henry Winkler is a prime example of how to successfully have a career change and expand your horizons. He is of course remembered as “The Fonz” on “Happy Days” and has had a productive directing career. But now his main focus is as a children’s book author.
As Henry and I were chatting, Marion Ross (who played the mother on “Happy Days”) came by and as we talked, she told me she’s looking forward next year to co-starring with her husband in a play at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. So you see, T.K., here’s a woman who played a mother for many years on a hit TV comedy but is now looking forward to a theatre production next year.
After awhile, Susan Olsen, who portrayed the youngest daughter on “The Brady Bunch,” another popular TV series, came up to me and threw her arms around me. She’d appeared on one of my television shows and reminded me that I’d been a guest on a radio show that she hosted several years ago.
Susan was appearing at the collectible show to sign photos and autographs, but primarily she was there to draw attention and awareness to Precious Paws, a humane group of which she’s on the board. This dog and cat rescue organization is based in the Valley and does so much good to help innocent creatures.
May I suggest to you that you get busy and attend as many functions as you can and Spirit tells me after touching the vibrations on your letter, within a short period of time, if you start now to search, you will find your career path. Learn from the people I’ve mentioned in this column that you must expand your interests and be open to different opportunities. I feel you will be most successful at what you choose if you follow this advice.
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