For years I've felt like First Lady Michelle Obama and I were almost kindred spirits. We both have JDs, married men with JDs, worked at large law firms back home after law school, then moved to higher ed, etc. etc. The list goes on ... well, maybe for one or two more things (though she ultimately accepted an honorary membership into Alpha Kappa Alpha, I forgive her for that - #1913 #NoShade #GreekUnity).
About nine years ago, I had the opportunity to spend half a day or so following her and listening to her speak at various places around Atlanta. At one point I asked her about careers and how one should know when it is time to quit a current job (I think entrepreneurship was pulling at me then, but I just thought it was misery). I was miserably miserable with what I was doing professionally and where I was doing it at the time. She offered some words of wisdom that I'll paraphrase: she suggested moving on when I'd learned all the lessons that I needed to learn. I seem to recall that she offered 5 years as a rough barometer. Not wanting to hear that at all, I quit weeks later after learning nearly NONE of the lessons I needed to learn. C'est la vie.
In 2017, I think I'm a bit more receptive to advice, especially from the First Lady. Earlier today, I watched what has been touted as Mrs. Obama's last remarks as first lady. Knowing that she drops all kinds of gems in her speeches, I figured this would be a good time to take notes. I've included my twitter thoughts for this #PopCultureClass from the First Lady's remarks below. You can also find them on Storify by clicking here.
If you watched the First Lady's final remarks, what was your biggest takeway? Mine came in the final few minutes when she said to young people: "Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be hopeful. Be empowered....then get out there and build." Let me know below what you think.