“What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s the million dollar question believe it or not. Of course at the time we were first asked this question, in the first grade at the raw age of six, we did not think that this question would haunt us for a couple more decades. But the good news is our world no longer accompanies the idea of having one job. When you grow up you are not defined by the one long term occupation you have because long term occupations followed by retirement and the “reward of a gold watch is just not how our world operates any more,” according to an article I read on TIME magazine called “21 Things Nobody Tells You When You Graduate College.”
And thats the good news. From the moment you become legal enough to work or intern, or even volunteer, you start to realize that you have interests. There are things you are happy doing regardless of the reward. THAT is what you should focus your energy on and see where it takes you.
I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I enjoyed debate and research and public speaking. Hence after hours and hours of extra circular activities I realized I wanted to become a lawyer.
After I was admitted to university I realized that those same skills may also be pointing me to a different vocation, entrepreneurship or management for example. It drove me crazy, but I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer… and now I want to be an entrepreneur. This brings us back to – I can be both. In this world I probably have to be both anyway.
As well stated in an article on Huffington Post titled “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?” -we forget that we are young and that this is the time to explore, learn, and discover . This does not mean we should go sit by the beach, it means it’s time to do real-life research about ourselves and what we were designed to pursue. Tony Robbins said something that has stayed with me for a long time, ” we often over estimate what we can do in a year, and underestimate what we can do in a decade.” He says that in the context of accepting that things take time, and that it is necessary to take the steps to A, B, and C in order to get to D. We need to be reasonable with the expectations we place on our selves.
In this time of confusion and uncertainty you want to focus on enjoying and making the most of it. It’ll only come once. Make sure to not let anxiety, stress and overthinking overshadow the focus. It’s ok to not know everything.
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