11 Oct What do you want to be when you grow up?
One of my wonderful readers a bright young lady whose strength and wisdom I admire suggested this website be more than boys and fashion. Hi Puveri! 😊 That we should talk more about things like Education. I’ve been having trouble tackling this topic, where do I start? What do I say that hasn’t been said yet? As an educator myself, I have a perspective that is traditional I suppose, and that may come off as clichéd. So, I intend to bring a fresh approach to this immensely huge topic by simplifying it in my natural writing style.
We all have heard the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the lucky few knew exactly what to say. They said it and then became it. The rest of us chose the most impressive answer you could find to please the adult who was asking you this question (sadly an adult who still doesn’t know what to become. I’m being shady 😊). I had no clue what I wanted to become, so my Mom literally filled out my application to go to Teachers College “She said just do this for now until you decide what to do next”. Even though I wasn’t so passionate about my career choice AT FIRST. I learned a lot. I learned to think critically, to plan, to be professional. I learned about myself. My strengths and my weaknesses. My point is in an educational environment, you learn more than your coursework. I support formal education wholeheartedly. It’s a sure way to have a stable foundation. However, people are different, and that’s ok. Some people learn better in an informal setting. Some prefer self-teaching. There are a lot of self-taught makeup artist I know if you combine that with a series of short business courses there’s nothing that can stop you from being a successful business owner without the degree.
There’s another category of people whose career choices were ridiculed by elders. Yes, this happens a lot in African and Asian families. One of my brothers wanted to become an anime cartoonist. I’m sure you can imagine the reaction of our elders. Not only are such dreams are dismissed, but they are also ridiculed and even forbidden.
So far, we’ve Identified 3 types of people.
- The ones who know who they want to be and become it.
- The ones Who simply don’t know yet.
- The ones Who know what they should be doing with their lives, but because it’s not a traditionally Impressive career and they conform.
Before choosing who, you want to be when you grow up, and I’m talking to you “grown-ups”. You have to know yourself. If you know yourself and see that you’re making the right decision for yourself. It makes it harder for another person to tell you to conform to their expectations of who you should be. Know what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing and then make a career out of that.
It takes the same amount of effort to chase a career you’re not passionate about as it does one that you are. The measure of success is not and will never be to have lived up to the expectations of others, not to have had a certain amount of wealth (although money is nice) but to have lived a fulfilled life, to have used the gifts that God gave you that’s success.