What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Today, let's take a closer look at the surprising statistics surrounding career choices and the conventional question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". The average person holds twelve jobs in their lifetime, with 29% of people switching to completely different fields since their first job after college. It's time to shift our perspective on career paths and embrace the evolving journey of self-discovery.

As children, we are asked the age-old question of what we want to be when we grow up. However, this question implies that we should have just one fixed answer. Instead, let's encourage a mindset that allows us to explore various interests and passions throughout our lives.

Your "To-Be" List Can Evolve:

I recently took my son to Benjamin Moore to pick up paint, and he emphatically stated that he wanted to be a “paint seller” when he grew up. I reminded him of his aspirations to become a hockey player, but he was insistent that he could do both. Albeit an unlikely combination (the NHL star who sells paint!), we don't have to limit ourselves to a single identity. Our dreams and aspirations can change and grow as we gain more experiences and knowledge.

Embrace the Power of Action:

Viktor Frankl reminds us that true self-discovery doesn't come solely from reflection but through action. Instead of agonizing over the perfect career choice, start taking steps towards what interests you. Your duties and experiences will reveal the path that resonates most with your heart.

Follow the Feel-Good Factor:

As you navigate through different tasks and experiences, pay attention to what brings you joy and fulfillment. The tasks that make you feel good and align with your values are indicators of your true calling.

Practical Action Step: The Career Exploration Journal

Create a career exploration journal where you jot down daily tasks and activities that bring you joy, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose. Reflect on your experiences, noting what resonated most with you and why. Over time, patterns and themes will emerge, guiding you towards your true calling.

Remember, your life's journey is not confined to a single career choice. Embrace the evolving nature of self-discovery and allow yourself to explore various paths that align with your passions and values. With each step, you'll gain clarity on what truly fulfills you and find your unique purpose in life. Let your journey be guided by action and an open heart, and you'll discover the path that leads to your most authentic self.

About the author

Rikki Ash

Coach, Master of Science, MS

Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning -Viktor Frankl

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