Photo of Ziauddin Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai courtesy of Ziauddin Yousafzai.

Ziauddin Yousafzai is the father of activist Malala Yousafzai and the co-founder of the Malala Fund. A long-time educator, he served as a teacher and school administrator in Pakistan and became a United Nations Special Adviser on Global Education in 2012. In addition to Malala, he has two sons Atal and Khushal. Some fun facts about Ziauddin include: He enjoys cooking breakfast for the family almost every morning before the kids go to school, and Titanic is his favorite film.

For Rookie’s Ask a Grown series, Ziauddin offers advice for following your passions, the importance of keeping your personal archives, and how to deal with being unpopular. Listen to his advice below!

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