What I Wish I Knew When I Was 13

This week I got mentored...by a 13 year old. With dreams of Julliard, Liz Williams is the most thoughtful and ambitious 8th grader you'll ever meet. When I asked her how she had managed to stay on the straight and narrow given the waywardness of some of her peers she looked at me like I had two heads: "I have three younger sisters. Between helping my mom take care of them, doing my chores, getting good grades, practicing violin, preparing for high school, and all of the other things on my plate I don't have TIME to get into trouble!" Lesson: When you're focused on your highest and best use, there's no bandwidth for foolishness.

She also had great advice for dealing with bullies: "You have to understand that they are only judging you because deep inside they are judging themselves." Liz recommended listening to AJRs song "Drama" to understand how dysfunctional haters (and fake news) can be and has even adopted it as an anthem. I downloaded it immediately and can't get it out of my head. Having lemonade with her, I couldn't help but fantasize about how all of the world's problems could be solved if we could just let Liz run it. I have a feeling that in reality, she'll be doing so soon enough. In the meantime, I'm doing my best to clear the way for her.