[Mr. Karp] grew up on New York City’s Upper West Side, the son of progressive parents who encouraged him to leave Bronx Science, a prestigious public high school, to focus on his passion: computers. The summer that he turned 15, Mr. Karp was interning as an engineer for the media entrepreneur and TV producer Fred Seibert, and his parents realized he was enjoying work a lot more than school. They “were the ones who caught it,” he says. “I remember very vividly: They came to my room and asked, ‘Are there any teachers you’re excited about this year?’ ” He says that he was oblivious to what they were getting at, admitting, “I never know when somebody’s angling for something.” When he answered his parents’ question in the negative, they told Mr. Karp that he could continue his internship instead of going back to school.
I think that this is one of the most powerful things parents can do: recognize their kids’ own interests and talents and encourage them to pursue them fully. I hope to have the chance to help Katie (and any siblings) similarly.
(And I don’t care that David Karp made $250 million by selling Tumblr, the key is that he got to fully pursue things that interested him.)
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)