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10 Lessons from Paternity Leave

By: Jonathan Downie    Date: October 5, 2018

Integrity Languages has been a bit quieter than usual, as we celebrated the birth of our fourth child in September. While I send off some important projects, here are a few lessons from my paternity leave.

  1. You can only truly discover what is in a nappy when you unfasten it; you can only truly know what a project will be like when you do it.
  2. It is absolutely possible to answer emails while burping a baby but do wear a muslin cloth.
  3. Learning is always quicker when you are having fun.
  4. If an “expert” knows the answer to every question, they have never met children under 7.
  5. Everything is fun to someone. Join them and you will have fun too.
  6. There is no hobby, no matter how esoteric, that someone cannot make money from using YouTube and a bit of imagination.
  7. The best days are those when you end up so tired you are asleep by the time your head hits the pillow.
  8. If you put crazy ideas on twitter, lots of people will actually want them to become reality.
  9. Trust German podcast co-hosts to be organisational geniuses
  10. Being a consultant interpreter means you have to be able to act as a consultant interpreters as well as buyers.

If you would like to see one of those lessons turned into a full blog post, drop me a comment.