Non-Career Advice: Hauna Zaich.

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.

Name: Hauna Zaich / Teacher
Also: Poet / penpal / epicure
Age: 29

Sometimes, all they need is love. "On my desk, I keep two written reminders that I like to reference if my patience is being tested. One of them says, the student who needs the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways. I think back, and there are so many instances in my life where I wish I'd known that. I could have really used it. When I was younger, I took rudeness personally. I had a hard time seeing past a person's words. Now, especially with my students — but also in my friendships, relationships, and family life — I try to think, you must really be hurting. How can I help you through that pain? Some of the people I've loved the most deeply have also been some the hardest to love — but they need that acceptance more than anyone else. They just may not know how to ask for it."

Thanks so much, Hauna. More from the Non-Career Advice series, here, including wise words from Brian Paquette, Emily Johnston, and Dez'Mon Omega Fair. 


  1. Sometimes identifying the question is more difficult that putting together an answer. I think she's on to something. I would love to know where to find her poetry, and to think that one day in the future some of those young souls in need of love might find these words and, looking back, smile.

  2. This is one of the bests. I definitely remember this one. Thanks Hauna.

  3. wonderful and beautiful reminder.

  4. This is the best, and advice that hits a nerve for me. Heart definitely overflowing. Would love to read Hauna's poetry if it is meant for public consumption.

  5. Beautiful, thanks Hauna!

  6. Thank you so much again for such beautiful words, Hauna! So very happy to have you as part of this series!

  7. Have now got my very own copy, for my own desk - how perfect! Thanks Hauna :)

  8. love this advice. thank you, hauna!



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