Career Advice from “Bossypants” and “The Great One”

posted April 19th, 2011 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

There were a couple of great articles in the weekend papers, the first an interview with Tina Fey by Johanna Schneller in the Globe and Mail which you can find at and the second a story about Trevor Gretzky, the middle of five Gretzky children and his father Wayne who we know as The Great One which you can find at–the-next-99-gretzky-tells-son-to-find-his-passion


In the Tina Fey article, there is a quote from her new book Bossypants where she offers the following career advice:


“This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. ‘You’re up for a promotion. If they go with a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara.’ Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”


In the Gretzky article, they quote The Great One in the context of giving advice to his son Trevor regarding a decision he may face between going to college and turning pro….in baseball.  Gretzky senior says:


“I always tell my kids, ‘You know what? The biggest thing you can have in life is passion.’ If you have a passion for going to school and becoming a doctor or if you have a passion for being a good hockey player, or a good baseball player. What happens with passion is that you take that extra step, you put in the extra work, you put in the extra time becuase you have a dedication and a love for it. People come up to me and say, ‘Could you tell my son how many hours you used to practise?’ I say, ‘No, I can’t tell them because I didn’t think I was practising.’


“I see it with my son. I support whatever he wants to do. People say, ‘Are you going to college? and I always say that you have to make the decision in what direction you have to go…… I said, ‘I can’t make that decision for you, your mother can’t make that decision. All I can do as a father is tell you the pros and cons of both sides.'”


I loved both articles and thought their advice was great!!







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