Michelle Obama Reveals What Her Mother Told Her When She Said She “Hated” Her Job

They do say to listen to your mother as she gives the best advice!

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, former First Lady Michelle Obama revealed the piece of advice her mother gave her that put a lot of things in perspective for her. And we can’t say we don’t agree with her.

In the interview, which was published in Town & Country, Mrs. Obama said that when she was younger and complained to told her mother that she “hated” being a lawyer, her mother told her to “make the money, worry about being happy later.”

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Obama, whose memoir “Becoming” was released yesterday, November 13, talked to Winfrey about her journey from growing up on the South Side of Chicago to later in life when she became a lawyer.

“In the book,” the former First Lady explains, “I take you on the journey of who that little striving star-getter became, which is what a lot of hard-driving kids become: a box checker. Get good grades: check. Apply to the best schools, get into Princeton: check. Get there, what’s your major? Uh, something that’s going to get me good grades so I can get into law school, I guess? Check. Get through law school: check.”

However, as Winfrey quotes from her memoir, Obama “hated being a lawyer”. And she then talks about the moment her mother gave her that piece of advice.

“I’m just not happy, I don’t feel my passion,” she had told her mother in those early days of her career when most of the work she was doing in her job was “document production.”

So her mother, whom she describes as an “uninvolved, live-and-let-live mother” told her  ‘Make the money, worry about being happy later,” which made Obama feel indulgent.

“When she said that, I thought, ‘Wow’, “ Mrs. Obama said. “‘What — where did I come from, with all my luxury and wanting my passion? The luxury to even be able to decide — when she didn’t get to go back to work and start finding herself until after she got us into high school.’ So, yes. It was hard.”

On a previous interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Obama also opened up about what was one of the darkest times in her life: suffering a miscarriage. She explained that it made her feel “lost and alone and I felt like I failed.”

She continued: “I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

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Source: Businessinsider