I truly enjoyed listening to Leonard Downie Jr. today as he shared with us about his life-long career in the Washington Post.
He is clearly passionate about journalism and very inspiring to someone like me who is just getting started. His stories encouraged me to think about what kind of career I envision for myself in the future.
What impacted me the most out of everything he said today was, “I’ve gone through three marriages and three sets of children without ever being home for dinner.” He said that while talking about leadership and how hard they to work at the Post.
His statement made me question myself about how much is too much to give up for a successful career. What is success anyway? How do I define success for my life?
I surely want to be a successful visual journalist that makes a difference in this world, even if in a small way. I want to be really good at what I do by telling stories that make people think, cry, laugh and hopefully take positive action when needed.
Most of all, I want to be a good father and husband. My family is more important to me than any successful career. I would rather be successful in their eyes than in the eyes of a million strangers.
The challenge for me then is how to be successful both as a family man and as a journalist.