EDA Unplugged 2003
In return, my children teach me English, laughing as they correct my pronunciation of words. They've also learned to enter things on my PDA calendar using a very special nick name they've given me ... I guess they're learning to have that sense of humor!
Rajeev Madhavan, CEO, Magma Design Automation
I teach my children:
Anything is achievable.
You have to earn it.
You should not be afraid of failure.
Sharad Malik General Chair DAC 2004, Professor of EE at Princeton University
What I teach my daughter ... Well, amongst many things, I try to teach her respect. Respect for people, property, and any/all living things. And especially respect for working people, no matter what they do. My dad made me understand that anyone who does an honest day's work for an honest day's pay is worthy of respect. That's something I've tried to pass along to my little girl.
David Maliniak, EDA Technology Editor, Electronic Design
I am still trying to teach my children the values that I consider important. Certainly courage under fire and the ability to persevere are important, but I think that grace under pressure and respect for others are the qualities that really make a person stand out over time. The ability to share part of yourself with others makes the world less hostile and cold, a behavioral mode that should reduce the number of rude and inconsiderate people out there.
Tets Maniwa, Editor-in-Chief, Chip Design Magazine
I have been mulling over the question of what I teach my children, and I think my answer is to follow your heart and dreams rather than regretting you didn't do something until it was too late to do so. My two sons both tell me I have never told them that what they want to do in life is impossible or tried to direct them to do something that may be more conventional - therefore my eldest son went to New York to became an actor. After ten years, he returned and is now on the way to becoming an environmental lawyer. My younger son traveled, surfed, climbed mountains, and skydived before recently settling back into college to study finance and economics.
Caroline Melnicoff, PR Consultant
If you love yourself, others will love you. And then love them back.
If you respect yourself, others will respect you. And then give them your respect.
Gabe Moretti, Technical Editor, EDA & ASICS, EDN Magazine
Since I was a child my father always taught me that the most important thing is to love and respect your family (In my case it's our family). Moreover, he taught me to look forward, to be ambitious, to achieve my goals, to be honest, to be modest and to love and respect the values of our country. In addition, I have learned from him to look at the bright side of life, to make the best of everything and to enjoy my life. Today I'm 21 years old and each day that goes by I thank God that I have such a wonderful father.
Vered Guy, Daughter of Guy Moshe, CEO and President, Summit Design
Our daughter is 12, so our message to her is on the following lines - you have the right ideas and the right values, now go and do your best everyday. You need to work hard, but also work smart so you can be as productive as possible in the time that you have.
Daya Nadamuni, Principal Analyst, Dataquest Gartner Group
I believe in teaching my children about the importance of continuous learning, and to gain wisdom through both success and failure. I also encourage them to give 100% to everything they do. There should be NO half-baked efforts in school, sports, or relationships. At every opportunity, I teach them to ask, “Why?” “How does that work?” and “How could I make that better?” Finally, I try to teach them by example to be compassionate and generous in all things.
Alan Naumann, President and CEO, CoWare
Here is what I hope to teach my son.
Find friends who like you for yourself, so that you can focus on having fun instead of trying to impress them.
Physical activity/exercise is a fundamental part of your daily life - it brings joy, a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Education is the path to better choices later in life.
Never do anything that you wouldn't want on the cover of the Wall Street Journal. (passed on to me by a grad school professor)
Perfection is never a goal, trying new things and doing your best are all that matter.
You can work through almost anything if you can communicate and open your mind.
There is a God and he is always there for us, it is okay to ask 'Him' for help.
Gloria Nichols, Principal, Launch Marketing
We don't have children, we have dogs - usually only two, an old one and a younger one. We recently adopted our 6th rescue dog, a German Shorthair pointer named Mr. Lucky. Our key things to teach him are:
- We will work to earn your trust and you must work to earn our trust.
- If you can't use a toilet you must go outside.
- We don't stare at you while you eat and we don't want you to stare at us when we eat.
Pamela Parrish, Executive Director, EDAC
Our top priority is to help our children be smarter and understand more than we do. What is some of the secret sauce to achieve this? Long before I had children, I watched other parents and learned that even if the child may not understand, just spending time with them helps, and we let them know every day that our love for them is unlimited and unconditional.
Dale Pollek, father of an 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, President and CEO, ChipMD
My son is 22 now and he has actually started to ask me questions again. I think I have passed through my 'stupid' phase. Since he is employed in high tech, we actually teach each other. He helps me understand how the Internet is evolving and changing technically, and I help him understand the business implications of these changes. I enjoy the conversations and I encourage him to ask more. It seems to be working.
Vin Ratford, President, Giga Scale Integration Corp.
I try to teach my children not to rush into marriage. But if you marry, never ask your spouse to choose between you and their family. And don't rush into having children. Children are not the glue for a shaky marriage - marriages survive despite the children, not because of them - and children deserve better. Finally, if you do have children, remember that it's when the child deserves your love the least that the child needs your love the most.
Anon in PR
I have always taught my daughter to fight bigotry and fanaticism; not to judge people by religion, skin, or language, rather, give them the opportunity to express themselves. I told her - and I do believe it - that the world would be better off with more tolerance and open-mindedness.
Lauro Rizzatti, CEO, Emulation and Verification Engineering - USA
Shape your view of the world through your understanding of the needs of others. Learning “Please” and “Thank you” isn't just politeness, but the start of learning how to hear yourself and see the world from someone else's perspective. From politeness, move on to service to those around you and to society. Be curious, ask questions, seek to understand what and how and why in everything and everybody you encounter. Demand good answers. Learn to excel at something. There is a world of difference between just demonstrating competence in all the mainstream expected skills, and developing a unique sense of your own enormous potential. It doesn't matter much what that "special something" is - whether it's Legos, playing the cello, fencing, or algebra - they're all equally good.
Chris Rowen, CEO, Tensilica
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