Career Myth: Choose a career as soon as possible

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A common myth about planning your career and life: “Choose a career goal as soon as possible.

I recently had a speaking engagement where I expanded on this, the never ending question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  It is the most ridiculous question that anyone could be asked and we hear it all of our lives.

This does not mean that it is bad or wrong to have a goal, the problem is when the goal becomes the be all or end all.   There comes a point when people put too much pressure on this career choice that they feel rushed or left behind if they do not make a choice.

So what should one do?  Explore, explore, explore! Take time to find your interests, hobbies, and those things that spark your joy! Those things that you lose track of time doing and love doing.

For myself, I truly, love helping others in anything and everything.  If I can help I will, if I don’t know how to do something I will find someone that can.  And that is my passion to help others succeed.  To see others, light up with joy doing something they love.

So, please for the love god, STOP asking people “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and instead ask “How do you want to contribute to this world?”  “What brings you joy?”  “What passions do you have?”

The rest will fall in place.

So, what did you want to be?   What do you want to do now?  How has that changed?

Myth from Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career by John Krumboltz PhD and Al Levin EdD 

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