always ask kids, "What do you want to do/be when you grow
up?" I'm sure you remember the question well. A fireman,
policeman, scientist, doctor, social worker, teacher, superhero, etc.
are some popular answers.
The truth is that people have many
interests and talents. Someone may be just as happy being a lawyer
as a teacher. That's why I believe the better question to ask is
"How do you want to live?" Do you want to live in a
mansion or a shack? Do you want a chauffer or bicycle? Do you want to live in
the city, country, on a farm, an apartment?
I believe that you need to decide
what you want to do based on how you want to live your life. Time after
time, I've read about studies showing that ,in general, people do get what they
strive for. In fact, I just ran into a friend of mine from
high school. He was my lab partner in biology. He wanted to be a
podiatrist, which was great since I really didn't want to dissect
that pig. He did everything.
he's doing today? Okay, he's not a podiatrist, but he is a neurologist. He
still became a doctor. My other friend always wanted to be in
construction and now he's the owner of a very successful
If you think back, you will probably
discover that most people who pursued what they wanted achieved
their goals. That's why it's so important to have the right goals.
Pursue dreams that will give you the future you want with your
career. But, let's not forget something that's equally important, which
is the quality of your off-time and family life.
If you really love helping people,
doing social work, or being a camp counselor, that's great! But if
you, at the same time, want to live in a huge house by the shore,
then you will be disappointed that the social worker salary isn't
going to let you live in that manner.
It's a combination of what you want
to do and how you want to live. Pick one of the things that you love
to do, that will pay for how you want to live. That's my two cents on
It's never too late to start. You
might be thinking, "I did get what I wanted, but now I want
something else." Fine. Believe it in your heart. Work toward
that goal. Stay focused and as before, you'll reach your goal. Just
be sure you choose carefully because if you work hard you will get
what you want!
As Thoreau said, "In the long
run, we only hit what we aim at."