Shaheen Wirk on How Parents Motivate Child to Achieve
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In Chapter 2 of 17 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, hedge fund analyst Shaheen Wirk answers "Where Has Your Family Been Most Supportive in Your Career Development?" Wirk discusses how his parents used different ways to motivate their kids. On one hand, there was verbal encouragement and never saying "no." On the other hand, Wirk notes how is father made it a point to push him when we he was coasting or when he feared failure. Wirk is a senior hedge fund analyst for Bridger Capital.


Erik: Where has your family been most supportive in your career development? Shaheen: I don’t think my parents have ever told me I couldn’t do something and I never even suspected that they thought it, and they’re not the type of people to say, you can do anything you want, you can be an astronaut. They’re not like that. But on the flipside of that—on the other hand, I never thought—it’s not like I’ve sat there and said I wanna do something, you could see a little smile, you know, like on the corner of their face, so, one, there was always—they always believed in me and I never question that and that was really powerful. And the other thing, and I give my dad tons of credit for this, my dad has done a very good job of the well-placed kick in the butt when necessary. And I think you motivate people through different ways, you know, like—people—there’s sticks and there’s carrots, you know? And, you know, I think a well-placed kick in the butt sometimes is a good wake up call, a good motivating factor, and it’s useful—you can’t do it too often, it blunts its impact, you know, but he—I can think of a couple of times in life where I was content to just—good enough. Or hey I don’t think I can do this. And he was like: No. And I think that was great. I really think that was great.