In this pathbreaking book, based on interviews with 60 top entrepreneurs and their moms, Margot provides a guide to helping your kids identify a passion and figure out how they can spend their professional life at something they love.
She argues that parents’ well-intentioned efforts to help their children prepare for careers often boomerang, ignoring their skills and interests, limiting their options, and creating an environment of pressures and anxiety where they are less likely to excel and find happiness.
Too often, “following your heart” is deemed impractical, Margot writes, whereas it’s often exactly what will lead to success and fulfillment. This is a book that will shake the longstanding assumptions of traditional parenting.
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In her easy-to-read style, Margot gives us colorful backstories of tech entrepreneurs, actresses and musicians, political activists, and non-profit founders, and tells what they and their moms see as the critical lessons of their upbringing.
You’ll meet such remarkable entrepreneurs as:
Margot Machol Bisnow is a writer, wife, and mom from Washington, DC. She has a BA in English and an MBA, both from Northwestern, and spent 20 years in government, including as an FTC Commissioner and in the White House as staff director of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Margot and her husband Mark have two kids. Austin has written successful pop songs and started a popular LA-based band, Magic Giant. Elliott founded Summit, a noted international conference series for Millennial entrepreneurs, and led the purchase and development of the Powder Mountain ski resort in Utah as a permanent home for the Summit community.
Mark was a late-blooming entrepreneur, forming his first company at age 52. If his parents had read a book like this 50 years ago, he might have started sooner.
Here are some of Margot's book talks. If you want to learn about events in your city, sign up HERE.
Diesel Book Store, Los Angeles, with movie director Jon Chu
Barnes & Noble, Tribeca, with National Poetry Slam champion InQ
The Yoga Barn, Silicon Valley, with education pioneer (and mother of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki) Esther Wojcicki and Method cofounder Eric Ryan
Politics and Prose, Washington, DC with Jayne Plank, mother of UnderArmour founder Kevin Plank