Talent in and of itself is a good thing and parents should hope that their children find their unique talents. Unfortunately, all too often, talented youth are typecast and given undo power and status.
Everyone reading this knows a host of former lawyers, bankers, consultants, academics, or doctors for whom the work or environment was not right, many of whom eventually left the profession or stuck around halfheartedly.
I knew that there were promising startups and growth companies all over the country that needed talent to expand and thrive. I knew firsthand that there was an army of talented, ambitious, somewhat directionless young people who'd love to work for a startup.
Her ability to follow her passions may not have been the most atypical college experience that most are expected to have. Nevertheless, her decisions have made her the person and artist she is to this day.
Respect is almost an unfashionable word. Young designers emerge, some of them are talented, and then an interrogative is immediately raised: "How long will they last?" Give them time. They need to grow.